Catastrophic floods in Peru wipe out infrastructure impacting 1 million people, a third of whom are children, and breed ripe conditions for mosquito-borne illness.

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What happened?
Rain. Heavy, incessant rain, powered by El Nino, has soaked the country of Peru causing rivers to overflow and massive mudslides to occur destroying roads and wiping out entire villages. It is said to be the worst flooding Peru has seen in more than 20 years.

Impact
Death tolls continue to increase and more than 100 people have already lost their lives. 150,000 have lost their homes. According to Caritas Internationalis, a Catholic relief organization specializing in disaster response, with teams in Peru right now, the country’s infrastructure has suffered severe impact from the torrential rain and mudslides. 258 bridges are down and 6000 km of highways are damaged.

Food, Water & Illness
Food prices are rising steeply due to road blockages, drinking water systems have been contaminated and illness is on the rise.

Mosquito-Borne Illness
The situation is said to get worse as weather experts warn of more heavy rains throughout the country in the coming weeks. Stagnant water is everywhere creating ripe conditions for mosquitoes to flourish. Unfortunately, the Aedes aegypti mosquito in particular, endemic in Peru and known to cause Dengue fever, Chikungunya and Zika virus, is thriving in the current post flood conditions.

peru 9Protective Efforts
The Ministry of Health has started an aerial-spraying campaign to minimize the spread of the Aedes aegypti mosquito and donations of mosquito nets are in the works.

Insect Shield® is proud to support the efforts of the Rotary Club of Key Biscayne Foundation and Caritas with the help of Rotarians Stephen Baker, Patti Urban and Catarina Jimenez. Caritas will be distributing protective nets to impacted people in need throughout the flooded areas along the coastal mountains near Lima.

Additionally, a portion of the Insect Shield nets will be brought to Peru courtesy of Catarina Jimenenz aboard the only regularly operating hospital boat in the Peruvian Amazon. The boat, known as Tucunare is the only medical facility serving the remote upper reaches of the Peruvian Amazon River and its major tributaries. It reaches those who would otherwise not have access to basic healthcare, much less protective nets. https://www.projectamazonas.org/

Insect Shield Partnership with the Mosquitero Project
In 2011, The Rotary Club of Key Biscayne received their first Rotary International Grant to buy and distribute anti-malaria Mosquiteros in Bolivar State in Venezuela. Their Global Grant #1411141 afforded the ability to distribute 6,000 nets throughout 2014 and 2015 and was chosen as one of “20 Grants to be Honored” by the Rotary Foundation for its 2017 100th anniversary.

Insect Shield has supported the Mosquitero Project since the initial grant was received in 2011. The first donation included the treatment of 2000 anti-malaria mosquitero hammocks. The nets were donated to Ye’kuana and Sanema people living on the malaria-impacted Rios Ventuari & Caura in Venezuela. The objective of the project was to reduce the rate of malaria infection among the indigenous people who are the exclusive residents of the upper section of the Ventuari River – the Alto Ventuari – in Amazonas State, Venezuela.

Malaria is widespread and on the rise throughout the Amazon basin. The disease sickens tens of thousands and kills thousands of people each year in Venezuela. The region of Venezuela with the highest incidence of the disease per thousand people is Amazonas State, home to a mostly indigenous population.

The indigenous people of Amazonas are some of the poorest in the country and often live in physically isolated communities, far from medical services. Malaria can strike any person exposed to an infected mosquito, but it is young children, pregnant women, and the elderly who are most likely to die of the disease.

peru 3Efforts and Partnerships Continue
Since the beginning, with help from Insect Shield and others, 10,000 nets have been distributed in Venezuela and an additional 14,000 are slated for delivery in Peru.

Where Next?
Insect Shield global health expert partner and humanitarian, Stephen Baker, has just finished a fact-finding trip to Colombia where it is likely he will start the next Mosquitero Project. Insect Shield plans to continue support of the incredible work of Stephen and his colleagues in an effort to protect those most at risk for insect-borne illnesses in some of the most remote corners of globe.

peru 7For more Information and How to Help?
Contacts

Patti Urban
mosquiteroprojectperu@gmail.com

Steve Baker
canukcanoe@gmail.com
$10 buys and delivers one of our state of the art LLIN style mosquiteros to a poor family living in the Peruvian Amazon Rotary Club of Key Biscayne Foundation is a Charitable organization under IRS 501 c 3

About Insect Shield:
Insect Shield Repellent Apparel and Gear are revolutionary products designed to provide long-lasting, effective and convenient personal insect protection. The durable protection provided by Insect Shield is the result of years of research and testing. In July 2003, Insect Shield Repellent Apparel was registered by the United States Environmental Protection Agency. Insect Shield Technology is utilized by 75+ leading lifestyle brands, work wear distributors and International relief organizations across the globe to provide effective protection against insects and the diseases they can carry. Insect Shield is an approved vendor of the US Army and US Marine Corps and approved for distribution in 46 countries. For more information visit, insectshield.com

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Insect Shield® Team Spotlight: Meet Molly McGuire

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mollyWe are quite a mixed bag of personalities here at Insect Shield. With our corporate HQ in Greensboro, NC and satellite offices in Seattle, WA, Zhucheng and Shanghai, China and Tokyo, Japan our range of interests are diverse to say the least…

It takes a brave, adventurous soul to join our eclectic ranks comprised of everything from golf and race car enthusiasts, to jewelry makers, million mile global travelers, cat lovers, vintage antique collectors, runners, new Mom’s, former US Army Colonel’s, serial CEO entrepreneurs and even … a ukulele-playing yodeler!

We found someone amazing who is game for the challenge. Meet Molly McGuire, Insect Shield’s new Sales and Marketing Administrator. We are thrilled to add a “guacamole-loving/hiker/biker/runner/mountain-lover” to the Insect Shield mix and grateful to have Molly on board!

What’s the weirdest job you’ve ever had?
In college, I spent a summer as a camp counselor at a cowboy/western themed camp in southern California. The entire camp looked like a western town complete with tepees, covered wagons, farm animals, and at the end of every week, we had a Rodeo with all the campers.  I had to dress up like a cowboy every day and my cabin was part of a fort. http://www.rawhideranch.com/

Before working at Insect Shield, where were you working?
I was working at nuun, which makes electrolyte drink tablets that you add to water. I have held various roles at nuun, from customer service, logistics, and human resources/recruiting. https://nuunlife.com/

How did you first learn about Insect Shield?
I first learned about Insect Shield from a pair of socks that I purchased from ExOfficio. I wore them in Minnesota, which is where I am originally from. Growing up in Minnesota, you are no stranger to ticks and mosquitoes.

What’s one thing you couldn’t live without?
I couldn’t live without my reusable water bottle since I try to avoid buying bottled water.

What is the one thing you cannot resist?
Guacamole or avocados in general.

Where is the best place you’ve traveled to and why?
I went to Brazil as part of a study abroad program with Semester at Sea and I really enjoyed the culture, music, and food.

Where is your favorite place to be?
My favorite place is anywhere in the mountains.

 What is your favorite things to do?
I enjoy hiking, riding my bike, running, traveling, hot yoga, drinking craft beer, and cooking. I also enjoy gardening and canning homemade jam.

What has been the most important innovation you have witnessed in your lifetime?
How a cell phone turned into a smartphone. I love how I can check my email, get calendar updates, surf the web, play music, and take pictures all on my Android.

What would you do (for a career) if you weren’t doing this?
I would be a tour guide for an outdoor company. I enjoy telling stories and I once spent a summer as a bicycle tour guide in Alaska.

Tell us something (or a few things) that might surprise us about you.
I have an identical twin sister that also lives in Seattle. She is 7 minutes older than me and she never lets me forget it. J

Top three life highlights?
– Finishing my first marathon in October, 2016. To date, I have ran 13 half marathons and 3 Ragnar Relay Races in less than 2 years.
– Living in Aspen, CO
– I went on an alternative spring break in college and I rebuilt homes in Louisiana after Hurricane Rita.

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Urban travel, the fastest growing segment of the global leisure travel market, soars 82% driving apparel innovation.

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City trips have soared 82% since 2007 to reach a 22% share of all holidays (IBT World Travel Trends Report). As travelers visit both urban destinations, they are faced with exploration that may be physically challenging, include a range in temperatures, and prolonged sun exposure. In response, the outdoor industry has blurred the lines between fashion and function to provide modern styling and functional innovation to empower travelers to experience all a location has to offer.

Insect Shield sat down with travel apparel brand partner, ExOfficio®, to discuss the rise in urban travel and associated performance apparel needs. Here’s what they had to share…

Key challenges for today’s travelers:
Sun/Heat Exposure

One of the most important challenges facing today’s traveler is the health risk associated with exposure to sun and heat. The American Cancer Society states that rates of melanoma, otherwise known as skin cancer, have been rising for the past 30 years and that close to 90,000 cases of melanoma will be diagnosed this year. The same rising trend is occurring with global temperature. The global average temperature in 2016 was the highest it’s ever been in over 100 years with 2016 being the highest yet (National Centers for Environmental Information). As participation in adventure travel steadily grows and warm-weather destinations remain as popular as ever, adventure travelers need apparel that provides protection from the sun and heat so they can stay safe and maximize their experiences.

“Travelers are keenly aware of the health risks that come from exposure to sun and heat. They are looking for products that protect them and allow them to stay outside longer and maximize their adventures,” said Julie Snow, VP of design and product development for ExOfficio. “They are also packing light and need apparel solutions that not only provide protection, but keep them looking good and feeling fresh for the duration of their trip.”

Insect-Borne Diseases
In addition to the challenges created by increased temperatures and sun exposure, travelers are looking for protection from insects that can carry dangerous diseases such as Zika, Lyme and malaria. The recent outbreak of the Zika virus has highlighted the importance of this type of protection and helped to educate travelers on the various protective options available.

For travelers, an ideal choice for protective clothing is ExOfficio’s BugsAway collection with Insect Shield®. ExOfficio, a leading brand of travel apparel designed to provide comfortable performance solutions for travelers, was the first consumer apparel brand in the U.S. to utilize Insect Shield technology in 2004.

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Photo credit: ExOfficio

In spring 2017, ExOfficio has reached the pinnacle of technical fashion innovation by pioneering trend-forward aesthetic designs and combined it with both and BugsAway with Insect Shield® and Sol Cool™ technology giving travelers more options and elevated protection. BugsAway styles incorporate Insect Shield® technology, an invisible and odorless permethrin treatment that provides a convenient and effective layer of all-day protection from annoying insects and the potential exposure to insect bites while Sol Cool™ cooling technologies reduce skin temperature, increase comfort, and neutralize odor to prolong the time travelers can remain on the move in hot climates.

About ExOfficio®
ExOfficio believes that the magic of travel, whether you seek different cultures, epic scenery or the thrill of the unknown, is a chance to create perspective and vitality by opening your mind to the wonders of the world. Since 1987, ExOfficio has celebrated the traveler by crafting garments that allow one to experience the world unhindered. Intelligently designed products with tangible benefits—including the best-selling Give-N-Go® underwear collection and lightweight, wrinkle-free fabrics with bug, sun and water protection—are focused on one goal: comfortable performance. ExOfficio is sold internationally, online and in specialty outdoor and travel stores, including five of their own flagship stores in the U.S. For more information about ExOfficio, visit exofficio.com.

About Insect Shield®
Insect Shield Repellent Apparel and Gear are revolutionary products designed to provide long-lasting, effective and convenient personal insect protection. The durable protection provided by Insect Shield is the result of years of research and testing. In July 2003, Insect Shield Repellent Apparel was registered by the United States Environmental Protection Agency. Insect Shield Technology is utilized by 75+ leading lifestyle brands, work wear distributors and International relief organizations across the globe to provide effective protection against insects and the diseases they can carry. Insect Shield is an approved vendor of the US Army and US Marine Corps and approved for distribution in 46 countries. For more information visit, insectshield.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Happiest of holidays to you and yours…

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christmascard2016-sAll of us at Insect Shield appreciate the support this past year. We look forward to working hard to keep the critters of you, your loved ones, and your pets in the coming year… This year we are very proud to support the incredible efforts of World Vision and will be placing an Insect Shield World Vision blanket in the hands of those in need on behalf of all of our clients. Enjoy the time with friends and family and we’ll be back to fend off the bugs soon!

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Snow Before Halloween! At Least the Ticks Will Die, Right? No Such Luck.

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pumpkinsnow1200Connecticut residents have already seen their first snowstorm of the season. Many are thrilled, Some… not so much. Others are celebrating the notion that it might render the dreaded ticks, in such abundance, frosted!

 


Do Ticks Die after First Frost? No Such Luck, And We’ve Got the Proof

Fall/Winter Protection for Yourself, Families and Pets

Have you been wondering (or hoping) that the recent chill in the air sweeping the nation will freeze the palps off of the ticks that have plagued us and our beloved pets this summer? It’d be nice, right? Wishful thinking… We reached out to tick expert, Dr. Thomas Mather, to find out more about just how hardy ticks are and if they can actually survive in the cooler weather months. Here is his unfortunate response…

“Some species, like American dog tick and Lone Star tick are just not active in fall and winter months. Others, like Blacklegged (deer) tick can remain active in their adult stage from fall to spring as long as the temperature is above freezing,” explains Dr Mather, Director of the University of Rhode Island’s Center for Vector-Borne Disease and TickEncounter Resource Center

Dr Mather and his team have conducted extensive tests to determine if dreaded ticks actually die in the cold weather.

Here is a re-cap.

Indoor testing: Recently, TickEncounter put some adult female deer ticks in their own polar vortex (aka, the freezer), and ticks were killed in 24 hours. The temperature was -2°F. Being attacked by fewer ticks come springtime would be some kind of payback for the extreme heating bills of this winter. However, outside in nature, the ticks borough under leaves, snow and other debris to stay warm. Also over evolutionary time, ticks have experienced their share of frigid polar vortex conditions…and somehow survived them.

Outdoor testing: So, they took more ticks outside to test what would happen. Spoiler alert: watch the video and get prepared to be shocked!

Polar Vorticks
https://youtu.be/5kjxgCdnaQM

Interview with “The Tick Guy”
https://youtu.be/c0PH4uoqytM
tick-WEBDr. Thomas Mather

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#TalkAboutTicks – Insect Shield Proud Supporters of Project Lyme

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Project Lyme Founder, Heather Hearst + Ally Hilfiger

Lyme disease: 300,000 Cases a Year, Yet Still a Silent Epidemic. Project Lyme, Ally Hilfiger, and Leading Doctors met up in New York at the Hearst Tower for a Vital Conversation about Prevention Tactics/Early Detection

It’s time to #TalkAboutTicks. Lyme disease is one of the fastest growing epidemics to date with numbers of US cases reported per year skyrocketing to 300,000 Yet, Lyme and other tick borne illnesses are preventable, with one caveat – awareness. Lyme can begin with a flu-like symptoms, joint pain, headaches, brain fog and sometimes the infamous “bulls-eye” rash or even facial paralysis. When not detected early it can lead to excruciating pain, heart problems and psychological and neurological disorders. Prevention and early detection are vital. Heather Hearst and Project Lyme gathered for cocktails and conversation with top leaders, doctors and scientists in the Lyme community.

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Nearly 30 years ago, a proper diagnosis and antibiotic treatment saved the life of Project Lyme founder, Heather Hearst. Decades later, the patients she meets with and hears about are still fighting a silent battle. Focused on prevention and early diagnosis, Project Lyme, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is putting a spotlight on Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses.

Insect Shield is excited to partner with the most committed organizations, such as Project Lyme, and shares a common goal of raising awareness about early prevention and early detection of Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases on a national and global scale.

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Insect Shield® Repellent Technology Providing Added Layer of Protection for Olympic Athletes and Select Media Groups as they Head to Rio Olympic Games

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Permethrin-treated clothing, such as Insect Shield®, is a key method of protection recommended by the CDC and other International Agencies for those traveling to at-risk areas.

The world’s attention has focused heavily on the current Zika virus outbreak which has already affected twenty four countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. The mosquito-borne disease is also a major concern for those heading to the Rio Olympic Games. The World Health Organization has declared Zika an international public health emergency and predicts the virus will likely end up in every country in the Americas.  Athletes and media communities scheduled to travel to Rio to compete in and cover the Olympic Games have deep concerns about the health risks posed by the virus and are grappling with how to stay protected.

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In response, Insect Shield® Repellent Technology is working with select teams and media groups to offer an added layer of protection, through the use of permethrin-treated clothing, as is recommended by the CDC. Because there is no vaccine for Zika, mosquito bite prevention is critical.

Originally developed for the US military, Insect Shield technology bonds the insect repellent permethrin to apparel and gear products to provide odorless, effective and long-lasting protection. EPA-registered Insect Shield is tested and proven to repel mosquitoes, ticks, ants, flies, chiggers and midges (including those that can carry Zika virus and other illnesses such as Lyme disease, Dengue fever and malaria.)
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Insect Shield®’s program to protect athletes and news organization employees who will be traveling to Rio for the Olympics follows the example of leading health and safety-minded employers and international global health agencies who protect their employees by requiring that they wear Insect Shield protective clothing when traveling to and working in insect borne disease risk areas throughout the globe. Insect Shield currently works with a number of oil and gas, mining, forestry and global health organizations to help protect them from insects and the diseases they carry.

KSL TV out of Salt Lake City, who covered the 2002 Winter Olympics, just reported that an elderly Salt Lake County resident who died in late June is the first confirmed Zika-related death in the continental U.S. The media group is currently deploying a number of additional prevention tactics, including insect repellent clothing, for their team slated to cover the Rio Olympic Games. In order to serve them better Insect Shield is also sending a nationally renowned outdoor survival expert to Salt Lake City to help educate staff about the virus and how to use the permethrin-treated clothing and other protection methods to ward off dangerous insects.

USRowing team athletes, in particular, are taking advantage of the Insect Shield Your Own Clothes program enabling them to get their clothing treated with Insect Shield protection prior to their travels.

“The health and safety of our athletes is our highest priority,” says Liz Soutter, Assistant National Teams Program Manager, United States Rowing Association. “We are grateful to Insect Shield® for providing our athletes with the opportunity to add another layer of protection between them and the mosquito borne disease threats in Rio, allowing them to further focus on the competition.”

About Insect Shield® Technology:  Insect Shield Repellent Apparel and Gear are revolutionary products designed to provide long-lasting, effective and convenient personal insect protection. The durable protection provided by Insect Shield is the result of years of research and testing. In July 2003, Insect Shield Repellent Apparel was registered by the United States Environmental Protection Agency. Insect Shield Technology is utilized by leading lifestyle brands, work wear distributors and International relief organizations across the globe to provide effective protection against insects and the diseases they can carry. Insect Shield is an approved vendor of the US Army and US Marine Corps. insectshield.com

Where to buy Insect Shield protective clothing:
Insect Shield Online store

How to get your own clothes treated with Insect Shield® protection:
Insect Shield Your Own Clothes

Parasite-Proofing Your Home, by Dr. Katy Nelson, DVM

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IMG_1017We hate to say it . . . however, chances are, if you find a tick or flea on your pet, the likelihood of them being in your home is quite large. In this case, simply treating your pet won’t rid the problem entirely, because you risk re-infestation until pests are fully eradicated.Here are some helpful tips to avoid critter infestations this summer and fall.

Vacuum

  • Yes, it is a good idea to do this every day to remove eggs, larvae and adult insects. Vacuuming is one of the easiest ways to prevent tick and flea infestations in your house.
  • Be sure to vacuum everything: carpets, inside couches and under chair cushions, carpet runners, bath mats and along baseboards!

Steam Clean Carpets

  • The hot steam and soap kill fleas in all stages of the life cycle.
  • Steam clean extra carefully where pets sleep.

Flea and Tick Topical and Oral Preventatives

  • Protect pets from fleas and ticks with oral or topical flea and tick treatments. Ask your veterinarian which he or she prefers.
  • Always be sure to carefully follow the instructions when using tick and flea protective products.
  • Set a reminder to administer flea and tick treatment on a schedule year-round.

Buy Products Treated with Permethrin

  • Consider the purchase of pet beds, bandanas, car seat covers, blankets and more that are treated with permethrin.
  • If your pet bedding is not treated be sure to wash it regularly (also your family bedding on which pets lie.) Wash in hot, soapy water often (at least every 2 weeks).
  • If an infestation is severe, discard old pet bedding and replace it with fresh, clean material.

Create Tick-Safe Zones in Landscaping

Modify your landscape to create Tick-Safe Zones. You can make your yard less attractive to ticks depending on how you landscape. Here are some simple landscaping techniques that can help reduce tick populations:

  • Clear tall grasses and brush around homes and at the edge of lawns.
  • Place a 3-ft wide barrier of wood chips or gravel between lawns and wooded areas and around patios and play equipment. This will restrict tick migration into recreational areas.
  • Mow the lawn frequently and keep leaves raked.
  • Stack wood neatly and in a dry area (discourages rodents and, therefore, ticks that feed on rodents).
  • Place playground equipment, decks, and patios in the sunniest locations on the property away from yard edges and trees.
  • Remove any old furniture, mattresses, or trash from the yard that may give ticks a place to hide.

(Tips courtesy of the Center for Disease Control)

Check Pets for Ticks and Fleas

  • Comb: Some adult ticks can be visible to the naked eye, but others can be as small as a poppy seed! So although you might be able to find some on pets with shorter hair, tick detection is that much harder on long-haired animals. Use a comb to help in this case, combing along your pet’s belly and back.
  • Tick Mats: When checking for fleas and ticks, it helps to put them on a white sheet, towel or mat to see if any fall off.
  • Removal: If you find fleas or ticks, immediately get dispose of them in soapy water you should have nearby, at-the-ready!

Veterinarian. Mom. Advocate.

Dr. Nelson is an associate veterinarian at the Belle Haven Animal Medical Centre in Alexandria, Virgina, as well as the host and executive producer of “The Pet Show with Dr. Katy” on Washington, DC’s News Channel 8. The show airs at 11am on Saturday mornings. She’s also known as “Dr. Pawz” on Washington DC’s All News Radio Station, WTOP. Read her blog on WTOP Living every Wednesday morning, catch her live in-studio show every other Thursday at 12:20 pm, talking about timely topics for your pets. You can also find her reporting on animal health topics for WJLA ABC 7.

Dr. Katy is the medical director of pet health for Live In The Now, a leading nutrition and lifestyle company that relies on the latest clinical research to guide them in their efforts to help people and pets to live longer, better lives. You can also read “Ask Dr. Katy” quarterly in the Virginia-Maryland Dog Magazine, or online.

Dr. Nelson is passionate about health and fitness, and she strives to help dogs and cats to live the longest, fullest lives that they can lead by staying fit and trim. Along with Steve Pelletier from SlimDoggy and Krista Wickens from DogTread, she is a founding partner of PetsMove.org, a national health and fitness initiative aimed at getting people healthy alongside their dogs. A lover of fashion and beauty, she envisions a world where all products are cruelty free, not tested on animals, made in a sustainable manner, and free of harsh chemicals that are unsafe not only for us, but for our pets. She is also a passionate advocate for pet rescue and pit bull-type dogs, and speaks ardently on the subjects in many different forums.

Dr. Nelson is a Certified Veterinary Journalist (CVJ), accredited by the American Society of Veterinary Journalists (ASVJ). She is the former President of the District of Columbia Academy of Veterinary Medicine, the oldest and largest veterinary continuing education society in the United States. She is a reporter for Veterinary News Network and a weekly guest on Washington, DC’s News Channel 8’s Let’s Talk Live. Through her consulting business, KJN Veterinary Consulting, Dr. Nelson has served as a valuable source to reporters around the country for the past five years, and has served as a marketing consultant for various pet-related corporations.

Through her production company, Sit. Good Girl Productions, LLC, Dr. Nelson creates original programming for network television. A partnership with Emmy Award-winning producer Judy Plavnick, Dr. Nelson and Judy are committed to producing educational and entertaining film, that you can’t look away from. Their first documentary, telling the story of the building of the Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary in Newtown, Connecticut, is currently in production and will air upon completion.

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Vulnerable Community in Honduras Facing Zika Virus Challenges Turns to Insect Shield® Blankets to Help Protect Children Cared for by FootSteps Missions

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Located in Santa Barbara, Honduras, the FootSteps Missions Garden of Love and Hope facility is in a hotbed location for the Zika virus. The orphanage works with children termed “economic orphans.” They have a mother but she cannot afford to take care of them, so Footsteps Missions provides food, clothes, medicine, and education for all the children. Recently, they have been faced with the added challenges of Zika virus cases in their community. In response, they reached out to Insect Shield® and are now protecting children with protective blankets to help ward off the disease-carrying mosquitoes. FS2
Garden of Love and Hope supports numerous children in their facility. They are also in the process of creating a job training skills center to help older children learn and develop. Their hope is to help shape leaders for the next generation who will be able to thrive and positively impact their communities – education is the core foundation to achieve this goal. According to FootSteps Missions, progress is happening. Children who were once shunned from society are now helping in the community, serving others at the nursing home and kindergarten, and finishing high school and beyond.

Health is paramount for FootSteps Missions to continue helping their community. Because there is no vaccine for Zika, the CDC recommends protection from mosquito bites including the use of permethrin treated clothing/textiles. Insect Shield Protection Blankets repel mosquitoes, ticks, flies and fleas including those that can carry additional dangerous diseases beyond Zika virus such as malaria, West nile virus, dengue fever and leishmaniasis. FS4

Insect Shield blanket pairs well with other vector-borne disease prevention tools, such as mosquito nets, for ultimate protection against insects and the diseases they can carry. Insect Shield protection is effective and long-lasting. Insect Shield blankets are ideal for orphanages since can be used by the entire family with no restrictions for use and offer multipurpose protection – warmth, ground cover and protection from insects. FS3

Insect Shield also works with a number of additional relief organizations such as World Vison® and Medical Teams International to put the Protection Blanket in the hands of those most at-risk. World Vision® includes the Insect Shield Protection Blankets into their Promise Packs for distribution to children living in extreme poverty in Malawi, Mali, Niger, Rwanda, Uganda, Zambia, Cambodia, Philippines, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Haiti and Nicaragua. Insect Shield and World Vision are also working together on their Gift Catalog offer to help protect children in malaria risk areas.

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About Insect Shield® Technology:  Insect Shield Repellent Apparel and Gear are revolutionary products designed to provide long-lasting, effective and convenient personal insect protection. The durable protection provided by Insect Shield is the result of years of research and testing. In July 2003, Insect Shield Repellent Apparel was registered by the United States Environmental Protection Agency. Insect Shield Technology is utilized by leading lifestyle brands, work wear distributors and International relief organizations across the globe to provide effective protection against insects and the diseases they can carry. Insect Shield is an approved vendor of the US Army and US Marine Corps. insectshield.com