Delta Vector Control District hires new general manager

Dr. Mustapha Debboun brings 27 years in the field of public health entomology to Tulare County’s mosquito abatement organization

The Sun-Gazette

VISALIA – The coronavirus cannot be transmitted through mosquito bites, but plenty of the other diseases can. That’s what makes the Delta Vector Control District so important. The mosquito abatement agency is tasked with protecting central and northern Tulare County from the spread of diseases such as zika, yellow fever and St. Louis encephalitis. And there is a new scientist leading the district’s important work.

Last week, the publicly funded abatement district announced Dr. Mustapha Dubboun as its new general manager. Debboun is a Board Certified Medical & Veterinary Entomologist and has worked over 27 years in the field of public health entomology and vector-borne diseases. He is a retired Colonel from the U.S. Army. He was born in Tangier, Morocco and was commissioned as a captain in the U.S. Army Medical Services Corps in 1989 after receiving a Doctorate Degree from the University of Missouri.

His civilian education includes a bachelor’s degree in cellular and molecular biology from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY, a master’s in medical entomology from the University of New Hampshire and a doctorate in medical and veterinary entomology from the University of Missouri-Columbia. 

Dr. Debboun served in various positions while in the U.S. Army as an Executive Officer including Operations Desert Shield & Storm, and Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. 

His global military and civilian entomological work have taken him to over 35 different countries in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, and South America. His main goal Is to provide efficient and sustainable management of disease vectors and human protection from mosquito and other vector-borne disease threats, using not only conventional means but Innovative, Integrated vector management, as well. 

He is a member of the American Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene, past President of the Entomological Society of America (ESA) Medical, Urban & Veterinary Entomology Section, American Mosquito Control Association, Society of Vector Ecology, Tropical Medicine Association of Washington, and the United States Soccer Federation. 

He has authored or co-authored over 115 scientific publications, and four books including the first ever global book on Insect Repellents: Principles, Methods and Uses. He also organizes and leads national and international public health entomology symposia, is a subject matter expert scientific reviewer, and editorial board member of eight scientific journals including Journal of Vector Borne Diseases and Journal of Medical Entomology. 

Dr. Debboun has been an adjunct professor at The University of Texas School Health Science Center School of Public Health, Baylor University and Texas A&M. 

His awards and decorations include: 2 Bronze Star Medals, 5 Meritorious Service Medals, 4 Army Commendation Medals, Saudi Arabia Kuwait Liberation Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Expert Field Medical Badge, and the US Army Surgeon General’s “A” Professional Proficiency Designator for expertise in Medical & Veterinary Entomology. 

Dr. Debboun and his wife, Natalie have been married for 29 years and raised one daughter and two sons.

Debboun will now head up one of Tulare County’s two mosquito abatement districts. The Delta Vector Control District was born out of a necessity in the early twentieth century. It was created in 1922 after years of a Malaria outbreak which had devastated the central valley. It included 16 square miles and encompassed the city of Visalia plus some adjacent suburban area. Malaria was still a common disease at the time. Over the course of decades the district’s boundaries now include the communities of Goshen, Woodlake, Exeter, Farmersville and Three Rivers.

The most up to date information on hot spots around the district can be found at visit www.deltavcd.com. To report mosquito swarms, call the Delta Vector Control District at 1-877-732-8606. 

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