Ohio EPA Director Laurie A. Stevenson and Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton, MD, MPH, announced nearly $660,000 in funding for community health departments and related public entities across the state for mosquito control grants. The funding will help mitigate the spread of mosquito-borne viruses such as Zika, West Nile and La Cross Encephalitis.
“The Mosquito Control Grant program continues to be a major success,” Ohio EPA Director Laurie A. Stevenson said. “This funding helps our local partners identify the types of mosquitoes and what diseases might be present. It also helps fund local efforts to remove scrap tires and other materials. To put it simply, fewer scrap tires in a community means fewer mosquitoes and lower potential for sickness.”
“As we begin spending more time outside during these warmer months, it is important to take precautions to prevent mosquito bites and the diseases they carry,” said Dr. Acton. “These grants will help implement mosquito control measures and ultimately keep Ohioans safe.”
Mosquito control grants specifically target:
adult mosquito control, such as spraying where mosquito presence poses a risk to public health;
breeding source reduction, including trash or tire removal; and
additional proposed activities.
Grants totaling $659,500 are being issued in 30 counties and 5 cities are available in collaboration and support with the Ohio Department of Health’s larger effort to mitigate the potential for an outbreak of mosquito-borne viruses. Over the last three years, Ohio EPA and the Ohio Department of Health have awarded more than $3.7 million to local health departments and communities for mosquito control programs.
Additional details on the mosquito control grants program and photos from the grant announcement are available online: https://epa.ohio.gov/Portals/47/media/2019-2020 MCG Funding Recommendations.pdf.