County to get W. Nile funds
Lancaster County is getting $55,411 from the state Department of Environmental Protection to control mosquitoes and West Nile virus in the county this year.
State grants are up about $20,000 from 2012 to cover the costs of new spray equipment for county-based programs, DEP said.
Because of a mild winter and early spring, 2012 was a record year for West Nile virus in Pennsylvania. The first mosquito carrying the disease showed up May 4. That kicked off a year that had the highest numbers of humans with the virus since 2003.
Mosquito surveillance will begin in early May, DEP said. Residents are encouraged to remove all standing water from their properties.