Jul 17, 2012 4:29 PM by Melissa Canone
WASHINGTON (June 20, 2012)- Chase Harner, 10, of Shreveport, La., and Bailey LeBlanc, 13, of Leonville, La., are the state prize winners in this year's "Fight the Bite" poster contest, co-sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the DEET Education Program. Introduced in 2007, the contest invites fifth- and sixth-graders to create educational posters about protecting themselves and their families against mosquito and tick bites and the diseases they can cause.
Chase, Bailey, and their schools, University Elementary and Leonville Elementary, respectively, will each receive a check for $50 and an award certificate. Their winning designs are posted on the contest website (www.fightthebitecontest.org).
Bailey's mother, Jennifer, said: "He participated in the talented arts program under the instruction of Mrs. Kat Guidroz . His father Wayne and I are very very proud of his winning."
Roger Nasci, PhD, chief of the Arborviral Diseases Branch in the Division of Vector-Borne Diseases, Fort Collins, Colo., said: "Clearly, educators around the U.S. are doing an exceptional job talking about ways to protect against mosquito and ticks bites, because we saw some terrific entries that emphasized the practical ways to avoid bites and prevent disease. I was thrilled to see so many creative posters, and I hope that all the students who entered learned more about this important issue while doing this project."
"We are delighted with the posters created by Chase and Bailey," said Susan Little, executive director of the PIR Program which runs the DEET Education Program and operates under the auspices of the Consumer Specialty Products Association, Washington, D.C.
Contest judges included Emily Zielinski-Gutierrez, DrPH, a CDC medical anthropologist; Joe Conlon, technical advisor, American Mosquito Control Association; Linda Davis-Alldritt, RN, president, National Association of School Nurses; Carrie Williams, Texas Department of State Health Services press officer; and Doug Schultz, Public information officer, Minnesota Department of Health; and Susan Little. Public health educators and school nurses are being encouraged to include the posters in their educational materials.
Consumers can find information about diseases from mosquito and tick bites, repellent use and other prevention strategies, such as limiting standing water to reduce mosquitoes and landscape modification to discourage ticks, at websites such as www.cdc.gov/westnile, www.cdc.gov/lyme, www.cdc.gov/ticks, and www.deetonline.org.
Available domestically since 1957, DEET is the world's most widely used active ingredient in insect repellents. The CDC and other leading health authorities have long recommended these repellents. The American Academy of Pediatrics says repellents with up to 30 percent DEET can be used on children as young as two months of age.
The DEET Education Program is sponsored by Clariant Corp., S.C. Johnson & Son Inc., 3M Company and Vertellus Specialty Materials.