Counties in Southeastern Pa. to Get $727,010 for Virus Control Grants

Counties in Southeastern Pa. to Get $727,010 for Virus Control Grants

As many as 26 people in Southeastern Pennsylvania had last year got infected with West Nile Virus and two of them had died.

A new report has revealed that almost a third of the virus control grants of the state are now on their way to the Southeastern Pa. A total of $727,010 would be received by Delaware, Chester, Philadelphia, Montgomery and Bucks Counties for West Nile surveillance and prevention this year.

The announcement related to the same was made yesterday by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.

As per the report, monitoring by the counties would begin in early April. However, mosquitoes and birds usually report infections by mid-June. But, last year, the mild winter and warm spring had caused a mosquito to be infected by May 4 only. The case was the earliest on record, said the state DEP.

It has been told that the previous year also was a bad year in Pennsylvania for West Nile. Since, densely populated areas were found to have been hit hardest then.

"Hot spots in general tend to be areas where there are more people. Not necessarily because mosquitoes are attracted to people, but because they are attracted to standing water", said Amanda Witman, a spokesperson for DEP.

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