Brian Byrd, associate professor of environmental health at Western Carolina University and an adviser to state health officials on the Zika virus, will join other WCU faculty members and students in a public program focusing on best practices for reducing the risk of mosquito-borne illness.
Some of Team USA’s most prominent athletes have chosen not to compete at the summer Olympics because of concern over the Zika virus, but WCU mosquito researcher Brian Byrd says that, although there are risks, he would go to Rio de Janeiro if he had the chance.
Before the first week in February -- when the the mosquito-borne Zika virus was declared a public health emergency -- WCU's Brian Byrd was providing expert advice for the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services.
A multidisciplinary science team from Western Carolina University recently published a manuscript in the Journal of the American Mosquito Control Association detailing the recognition of a mosquito species (Aedes pertinax) found for the first time in the United States.
Western Carolina University’s in-house mosquito expert is warning residents of some Western North Carolina counties to be on the lookout for a species of mosquito known for its painful and persistent bites.