New Castle News

March 30, 2013

County to get West Nile virus grant

By Staff
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — Lawrence County is among 26 Pennsylvania counties receiving state funding for its West Nile virus control program.

The program is under the supervision of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. This year it is awarding nearly $2.2 million in grants to combat the spread of the virus through mosquitoes, birds, other animals and people.

Lawrence County’s share is $42,000.

The county commissioners this week approved contracts with Dennis and Pam Stich to continue surveillance work throughout the county, which will include trapping mosquitoes to be sent to laboratories for testing for the virus. They have been the county’s designated West Nile program contractors for the past several years.

Surveillance activities are to begin in early May statewide.

Anyone who wants to report a dead bird, file a mosquito complaint or obtain more information about West Nile virus may visit www.westnile.state.pa.us or call (717) 346-8238.