UCHD gets funds to fight mosquitos

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The Union County Health Department’s vector control intern, Collin Brown, set the first mosquito traps of the season last week near Mill Creek in Marysville. Brown, an undergraduate student at Ohio University, is funded through a mosquito control grant awarded to the Health Department from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency. Ohio EPA officials announced Friday that communities across the state would be receiving $660,000 in funding—$10,000 of which will go to Union County.

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The Union County Health Department has been approved for funds to combat mosquitos this year.

Officials from the Ohio EPA and Ohio Department of Health announced Friday that community health departments and related public entities across the state would be receiving nearly $660,000 in funding for mosquito control grants.

The funding will help mitigate the spread of mosquito-borne viruses such as Zika, West Nile and La Cross Encephalitis.

“UCHD is receiving a $10,000 mosquito control grant this year,” said Jennifer Thrush at the Health Department. “We are using the money to host a tire collection event in October.”

The health department has received mosquito control funds the past three or four years but is something the organization has to apply for each year.

“We used part of last year’s money to hire an intern to do our mosquito trapping and surveillance this summer,” Thrush added. Collin Brown, the department’s intern, set the first mosquito traps of the season last week near Mill Creek in Marysville. “We’ve also used the money to buy mosquito dunks, larvacide, and do public awareness campaigns.”

The health department will also be testing mosquitos for pesticide resistance—something that will be new this year.

“Residents typically seem interested to know that we trap mosquitoes, that you can report problem areas through an online reporting tool, and that the tire collection event will be coming back to Union County this year,” said Thrush. “This was a very hot topic last year.”



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