Counties getting ready to begin West Nile Virus control efforts

Written by Craig Layne and Radio Pennsylvania | Apr 3, 2013 4:02 AM

(Harrisburg) -- State environmental monitors are getting ready to begin anti-mosquito operations in the midstate in the hopes of reducing the transmission of potentially deadly West Nile Virus.

While the state Department of Environmental Protection will begin its insecticide spray program in May, several counties will start work this month.

DEP spokeswoman Amanda Witman says her department has awarded more than $2 million in grants to 26 counties to help control the virus.

"The department, as well as county officials, do an annual risk assessment, and take a look at historical data with regard to the amount of surveillance and control that has been needed in the past, and that is how the county grant amounts are determined," Witman says.

York County is receiving $112,000 in grant funding.

It was a hotbed of virus activity last year, with the highest number of infected mosquitoes in the state.

At eight cases apiece, Lancaster County tied with Philadelphia for the most human infections last year.

Below is the list of 2013 West Nile Virus Control grants for each county, as provided by the DEP:

Adams - $71,688
Allegheny - $164,816
Beaver - $34,598
Berks - $53,310
Blair - $35,509
Bucks - $156,699
Cambria - $62,044
Centre - $55,200
Chester - $110,701
Cumberland - $60,904
Dauphin - $91,000
Delaware - $110,498
Erie - $81,079
Fayette - $37,670
Franklin - $57,380
Lackawanna - $55,411
Lancaster - $104,153
Lawrence - $42,000
Lebanon - $69,519
Lehigh - $92,992
Luzerne - $79,500
Monroe - $30,000
Montgomery - $129,114
Philadelphia - $219,998
Westmoreland - $71,152
York - $112,000

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