The Licking County Health Department was selected as one of the four Central Ohio health departments to receive a $25,000 mosquito control grant, awarded by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Last week, LCHD was visited by the Ohio EPA Director, Anne Vogel, and her team from Ohio EPA, to present the award. Over the past 7 years, Ohio EPA in collaboration with the Ohio Department of Health (ODH), have awarded $7.5 million to local health departments and communities across Ohio to assist with mosquito control programs.
In Licking County, this funding will help reduce the spread of mosquito-borne viruses, such as West Nile and La Cross encephalitis. Licking County Health Commissioner, Chad Brown says, “We want people to know, we have staff out there every day during the week throughout Licking County, either spraying for mosquitos at night or trapping mosquitos during the day, to see where we can target our treatment efforts.”