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.

A close up of a medal that is engraved with the year "2016" rests on top of a blue ribbon.

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.

About Footsteps Missions: For more information about Footsteps Missions and to help support their efforts, please visit www.footstepsmissions.org 1240554_447618262018323_268307180_n

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

World Malaria Day 2016

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world_malaria_day_imageCourtesy of the WHO and RollBack Malaria Partnership Web sites

It’s Time to #EndMalaria
On April 25th people across the globe take part in a wide range of activities to mark World Malaria Day. For half the world every day is malaria day – a day to keep up the fight against this killer disease.

No child should have to die from a mosquito bite, yet malaria still kills a child every two minutes. We can be the generation that ends malaria – one of the oldest and deadliest diseases in human history.

Key Facts

  • In 2015, there were 214 million cases, and 438 000 deaths from Malaria
  • 3.2 billion (almost half of the world population) are at risk
  • In 2015, 97 countries had on-going malaria transmission
  • The global malaria mortality rate was reduced by 60% in 2000 – 15, and an estimated 6.2 million lives were saved as a result of a scale-up of malaria interventions
  • US$ 5.1 billion is needed every year, double the funding available

Learn more about the latest innovations leading the fight against malaria:
http://www.malariaconsortium.org/wmd2016-innovations

 

National Heartworm Awareness Month: Tips for Keeping Pets Parasite Free

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heartwormawarenessApril is National Heartworm Awareness Month, Spring is here and so are the bugs. Every year it is a challenge to keep them off our pets and out of our homes. Recently, we spoke with veterinarian, Dr Katy Nelson about the prevalence, risks and prevention tactics we can deploy to keep our pets pest-free in the coming summer months.

We 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 in the coming months…
Vacuum!

  • Yes, it is a good idea to do this every day to remove eggs, larvae and adults. Vacuuming is one of the easiest ways to prevent tick and flea infestations in your house.
  • Don’t Forget! Be sure to vacuum everything – carpets, inside couches and under chair cushions, carper runners, bath mats and along baseboards!

Steam clean carpets:

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

Buy products treated with Permethrin

  • Consider the purchase of pet beds, bandanas, car seat covers, blankets and more that are treated with Permethrin, such as Insect Shield for Pets
  • 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 that ticks feed on).
  • Keep playground equipment, decks, and patios away from yard edges and trees and place them in a sunny location, if possible.
  • Remove any old furniture, mattresses, or trash from the yard that may give ticks a place to hide.
    (Tips courtesy of the CDC website)

Check Pets for ticks and Fleas

  • Mow the lawn frequently and keep leaves raked.
  • Stack wood neatly and in a dry area (discourages rodents that ticks feed on).
  • Comb: Some adult ticks can be visible to the naked eye – but others can be as small as a poppy seed! So you might be able to find some on pets with shorter hair. For long haired pets it helps to use a comb. Use the comb along your pet’s belly and back. If you find fleas or ticks, immediately get rid of them in soapy water you will have nearby, at-the-ready!
  • Itching: In some cases it will be abundantly clear that your pet has fleas or ticks due to incessant scratching.
  • Tick Mat: When checking for fleas and ticks, it helps to put them on a white sheet, towel or mat to see if any fall off.

Always be sure to carefully follow the instructions when using tick and flea protective products…

Dr. Katy is an associate veterinarian at the Belle Haven Animal Medical Centre, as well as host and executive producer of “The Pet Show with Dr. Katy” on Washington DC’s News Channel 8. She’s reports on animal health topics for Washington DC’s All News Radio Station, WTOP News as well as on camera for WJLA ABC 7 News.  She is the Medical Director of Pet Health for Stop Aging Now, Medical Director of Pet Health for BioStem Logics and the Proprietor of KJN Pet Marketing.  She has been featured on NBC’s Today Show, Fox and Friends, The Meredith Vieira Show, CNBC’s PowerPitch, HuffPost Live, to name a few, and is the expert for the second season of the popular show “Unlikely Animal Friends” to air this spring on NatGeo Wild.  She is a frequent contributor to HuffPost Pets, BarkPost and PetMD and you can also read “Ask Dr. Katy” quarterly in the Virginia-Maryland-DC Dog Magazine, or online.  Dr. Katy has been a small animal veterinarian for 15 years, and is a proud graduate of the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine.  In her spare time she is an avid traveler, athlete, wife, rescue proponent, and proud mom to three four-leggers and two two-leggers.

New Insect Shield Maternity/Lifestyle Collection in Wake of Zika-Concerns

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According to a recent CDC update, Puerto Rico will be ground zero for the fight against Zika in the United States. Health experts claim that 1 in 5 people could become infected. Also recently, 9 pregnant travelers from the US have laboratory-confirmed cases of Zika. Of the 9 cases, one infant was born with severe microcephaly. There are 10 additional cases of concern and under investigation. In response to strong demand from consumers for a wider assortment of insect repellent protective clothing options for families and pregnant women, Insect Shield is launching a lifestyle collection, including a variety of maternity basics and every day styles for the entire family. The collection will help offer protection to those traveling to Zika-risk areas and also work well to help protect families from ticks and mosquitoes in their own backyards.

The virus, which is transmitted by the Aedes mosquito, was first discovered in 1947 in Uganda and lived mostly in monkeys. But this year cases in humans have increased dramatically with an alarming connection noted between infected pregnant women and microcephaly — a severe neurological disorder that causes their babies to be born with abnormally small heads. This causes developmental issues and sometimes death.

Because there is no vaccine for Zika, the CDC recommends protection from mosquito bites including the use of permethrin treated clothing.

Personal Protection Tips:
Use EPA-registered insect repellents
Use topical repellents on exposed skin
Wear pre-treated permethrin insect repellent clothing (such as Insect Shield)

IS-Womens-Maternity-hoody_6_1750Insect Shield Maternity and Lifestyle Collection:
The new Insect Shield Maternity and Lifestyle collection includes a range of every day basics to help protect pregnant women and families. The assortment includes casual tops and bottoms ideal for weekend wear, buggy backyard BBQ’s, gardening and sporting events – all with built-in, Insect Shield protection.

 

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Zika and Chikungunya viruses causing concerns

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Insect Shield repels mosquitoes, ticks and other dangerous insects. Mosquito-borne illnesses such as malaria, Dengue fever and West Nile virus are still prevalent throughout the globe. In addition, newer mosquito-borne viruses such as Zika and Chikungunya are blanketing the news headlines.

What is Zika?
Zika is making the news due to a disturbing connection in the country of Brazil where it has been linked to a rise in a phenomenon called microcephaly. A possible connection between Zika virus infection in pregnant women and subsequent birth defects is being investigated by Doctors in Brazil. Health experts in Puerto Rico have also just announced reports of the first case of Zika and are issuing a warning to travelers.

According to the CDC, Zika virus is transmitted to people from the bite of a mosquito. The most common symptoms of Zika virus disease are fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes). The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting from several days to a week.

Outbreaks of Zika have occurred in areas of Africa, Southeast Asia, the Pacific Islands, and the Americas. There is no vaccine to prevent or medicine to treat Zika. Travelers can protect themselves from this disease by taking steps to prevent mosquito bites. There are concerns of Zika reaching the United States.

What is Chikungunya?
Chikungunya is a mosquito-borne virus that can cause fever and other unpleasant symptoms. Outbreaks of the chikungunya have occurred in countries such as Africa, Asia, and Europe, as well as the Indian and Pacific Oceans for quite some time. In 2013, chikungunya virus transmissions were reported on islands in the Caribbean. The first locally acquired case of chikungunya was reported July 17, 2014 in Florida.

Signs and Symptoms
High fever
Joint pain
Headaches
Muscle aches

Prevention Tips
Courtesy of the CDC
Zika and Chikungunya viruses are primarily transmitted to people by Aedes aegypti mosquitoes. Bottom line, it is important to stay protected when enjoying the outdoors in the coming spring/summer months or when traveling to buggy locales. The best method of avoiding infection is by preventing mosquito bites in the first place.

  • Wear long-sleeve shirts, pants and socks treated with permethrin. (such as Insect Shield)
  • Use insect repellents.
  • Repellents containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535, and oil of lemon eucalyptus and para-menthane-diol products provide long lasting protection.
  • If you use both sunscreen and insect repellent, apply the sunscreen first and then the repellent.
  • Do not spray repellent on the skin under your clothing.
  • Use air conditioning or window/door screens to keep mosquitoes outside.
  • If you are not able to protect yourself from mosquitoes inside your home or hotel, sleep under a mosquito bed net.
  • Help reduce the number of mosquitoes outside your home or hotel room by emptying standing water from containers such as flowerpots or buckets.

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National panel of hardware retailing experts give Insect Shield blankets the thumbs up!

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members_choice_award_4CNew products from Insect Shield® Repellent Technology earned recent recognition from a national panel of hardware retailing experts. Blankets and bandanas featuring Insect Shield Repellent Technology were showcased in the New Idea Exhibit at the Do it Best October Market, held October 9-12 in Indianapolis, IN. Thanks to their innovative technology and ability to diversify retailers’ merchandising mix, these Insect Shield products earned the coveted Members’ Choice Award from a judging panel comprised of Do it Best member-owners who are leaders in the home improvement industry.

“Our markets are important in bringing exciting new products to our independent retailers that can help them expand their merchandise mix and increase their sales,” said Trisha Hinen, Manager of Divisional Promotions for Do it Best Corp. “The New Idea Exhibit is a valuable source for identifying the next breakout product stars for our retailers. And Members’ Choice Award winners like Insect Shield can certainly help them compete and win in their marketplace.”

In addition to honoring Insect Shield products at the market, the Do it Best Corp. merchandising team will promote Members’ Choice award winners online, via email promotions and in other communications to their member-owners. Winning vendors also receive a special designation at the spring market, so an increasing number of retailers know about their potential to drive sales.

About Do it Best Corp.
Based in Fort Wayne, Ind., Do it Best Corp. is the only U.S.-based, member-owned comprehensive and fully integrated hardware, lumber and building materials buying cooperative in the home improvement industry. With annual sales approaching $3 billion, Do it Best Corp. is the second largest co-op in the industry, serving more than 3,800 member-owned locations in the United States and in 54 other countries. For more information, visit doitbestcorp.com

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Award $2 Million Grant for Lyme Disease Prevention Study Utilizing Insect Shield® Repellent Technology

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tick-WEBDr. Thomas Mather, University of Rhode Island (URI) Professor of Public Health Entomology and Dr. Steven Meshnick, Epidemiologist University of North Carolina (UNC), to lead the research team.

Lyme disease has become one of the fastest growing epidemics to date. The incidence of tick-borne disease throughout the country has doubled since 1991. Nationally, the CDC estimates about 300,000 cases of Lyme disease are diagnosed annually. According to the CDC, in 2014, 96% of confirmed Lyme disease cases were reported from 14 states – one of which was Rhode Island. In response, the CDC’s NIOSH division, which works to prevent workplace illnesses and injuries, awarded a federal grant worth $2,039,000 to study Lyme disease prevention and exposure among outdoor workers. Throughout the next four years field studies will be conducted testing the effectiveness of long lasting permethrin-impregnated (LLPI) clothing treated with Insect Shield® Repellent Technology for outdoor workers.
FAQ_MatherDr. Thomas Mather, Director of the Center for Vector-Borne Disease at the University of Rhode Island (URI) and University of North Carolina (UNC) epidemiologist Dr. Steven Meshnick, will lead the team in researching whether long-lasting permethrin treatment is a viable strategy for reducing tick-borne diseases, particularly Lyme disease, among outdoor workers. The results of the investigation could help workers determine the best type of personal protective equipment and work practices to employ to protect against ticks and tick-borne illnesses. According to the CDC’s grant announcement: “If successful, the research could provide strong and much needed evidence that the long-lasting treatment of clothing with permethrin results in significant reductions in tick-borne diseases.”
meshnick_steve_in.weeds_A 2011 pilot study conducted by researchers at The University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Global Public Health reported that the incidence of tick attachments was reduced by 93 percent (99% during working hours) among workers wearing Insect Shield Repellent Apparel. The report was published online March 11 in the journal Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases.

Rhode Island Senator Jack Reed, a Lyme Disease Awareness advocate, has called for a national strategy to combat Lyme disease and expand federal research efforts to increase Lyme surveillance and prevention. “Tick borne diseases pose serious public health challenges,” says Senator Reed. “We want people to enjoy the great outdoors, but we also want them to be safe and aware of what they can do to protect themselves and their families. I am working to boost federal research and coordination to help prevent Lyme disease and strengthen surveillance of tick-borne illnesses. This new grant is a smart investment that will enable Dr. Mather and his colleagues to field test tick repellent clothing and better understand the best and safest ways to protect people, particularly folks who spend a great deal of time outdoors, from tick bites,” adds Reed.

Reed has also cosponsored the Lyme and Tick-Borne Disease Prevention, Education, and Research Act of 2015, which aims to help ensure the necessary resources are dedicated to fighting tick-borne diseases throughout the country. The legislation would place greater federal focus on research, education, and outreach to individuals and families, and coordination among health professionals and government agencies. Last year, Reed, a senior member of the Appropriations Committee, helped secure $23 million for the NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases for Lyme disease research grants.

“There just are more ticks in more places these days,” said Dr Thomas Mather. “Ticks and the infections they carry, like Lyme disease, are a largely unmet public health crisis. There is an urgent need for research on actionable prevention strategies that are easy for people at risk to adopt,” he added. “Safe and effective tick repellent clothing could make tick bite protection as easy as getting dressed in the morning,” Mather explained.

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