State Sending Nearly $85K to Valley for Mosquito Control
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Mahoning Valley is getting some assistance from the state for mosquito control efforts.
Throughout the state, 46 health departments and municipalities across 41 counties will receive $816,000 in grants from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, including $127,000 to remove scrap tires, which can become breeding grounds for mosquito larvae.
The funding will help mitigate the spread of mosquito-borne viruses such as Zika, West Nile and La Cross Encephalitis, a news release from the Ohio EPA states.
Twelve county and city health departments in northeastern Ohio will receive grants, including four in the Valley:
- Mahoning County Health Department: $25,000;
- Trumbull County Combined Health District: $21,000;
- Columbiana County Health District: $19,900;
- Warren City Health District: $18,920.
A full list of grant recipients is available HERE.
Mosquito control grants specifically target mosquito surveillance; larval control; adult mosquito control, such as spraying where mosquito presence poses a risk to public health; community outreach; and breeding source reduction, including trash or tire removal.
Grants are being awarded in collaboration with the Ohio Department of Health’s effort to mitigate the potential for an outbreak of mosquito-borne viruses. Over the past seven years, Ohio EPA and the Ohio Department of Health have awarded $7.5 million to local health departments and communities for mosquito control programs.
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Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.