TRUMBULL CO., Ohio (WYTV) – The Ohio Department of Health and state EPA announced the first round of funding for communities to help control the spread of mosquito-borne illnesses like Zika and West Nile.
So far, there have been 14 travel-associated cases of the Zika virus in Ohio and health experts say that number should continue to rise.
“Mosquito season is here and now in Ohio, we can all do our part to reduce transmission of any mosquito-borne infection by looking around our homes and eliminating standing water,” said State Medical Director Dr. Mary DiOrio.
A total of $250,000 is going to 18 counties, including Trumbull and Columbiana, for mosquito surveillance, sprays, community outreach and source reduction.
Trumbull County will be getting the most money at over $44,000. Health experts believe this plan is significant because of the collaboration between the county’s combined health district and different cities and townships.
The Mahoning County Health Department will collect mosquitoes this summer to study the insects and diseases they carry.