By 1808Delaware

In a concerted effort to combat the spread of mosquito-borne illnesses, the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded $1,060,682 in grants to 58 local health departments and municipalities across 47 counties. Among the beneficiaries, the Delaware Public Health District stands out, receiving $21,407 to enhance their mosquito control activities. This funding will significantly bolster efforts to reduce the risk of diseases such as West Nile, La Crosse Encephalitis, and Eastern Equine Encephalitis in Delaware County.

Delaware’s Commitment to Public Health

The Delaware Public Health District’s receipt of $21,407 underscores the importance of localized efforts in managing mosquito populations. This grant will facilitate a range of initiatives, from larviciding and adulticiding operations to public education campaigns. By targeting both the immature and adult stages of mosquitoes, these efforts aim to effectively diminish mosquito populations and mitigate the spread of diseases.

Anne Vogel, Director of the Ohio EPA, highlighted the critical role of these grants in safeguarding public health. “The mosquito control program is one of our most successful and meaningful partnerships with local health departments,” Vogel said. “The grants go directly into funding education and outreach efforts in communities, and equipment that helps to prevent and eliminate mosquito breeding grounds to protect Ohioans from serious mosquito-borne illnesses.”

Statewide Impact and Collaboration

Thirteen health departments joined Director Vogel this past Wednesday to celebrate the announcement of the grant recipients. The Ohio EPA’s mosquito control grants are part of a larger initiative in collaboration with the Ohio Department of Health, aimed at preventing potential outbreaks of mosquito-borne viruses. Over the last eight years, this partnership has resulted in $8.5 million being awarded to local health departments and communities for mosquito control programs.

Focus on Scrap Tire Removal

A notable component of the $1,060,682 grant is the allocation of $188,368 for the removal of scrap tires. These tires are notorious breeding grounds for mosquitoes, as they collect stagnant water, providing an ideal environment for mosquito larvae. By eliminating these breeding sites, the Delaware Public Health District and other recipients can significantly reduce mosquito populations.

Education and Outreach Efforts

The Delaware Public Health District will also focus on educating the community about mosquito prevention. Public outreach programs will inform residents about effective measures they can take, such as eliminating standing water around their homes, using insect repellent, and ensuring that window and door screens are in good condition.

The Delaware Public Health District’s efforts are part of a broader strategy employed by the Ohio EPA and the Ohio Department of Health. This comprehensive approach aims to tackle mosquito populations statewide, ensuring that all communities are equipped to manage the risks associated with mosquito-borne illnesses.

For more information or questions about the mosquito grant programs, residents can email [email protected]. By leveraging these grants, the Delaware Public Health District and other local entities are better positioned to protect public health and reduce the incidence of mosquito-borne diseases.

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