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Gov. Rendell Proposes Help for Counties Battling West Nile; Warns Future Amounts Could be Less
Date:5/8/2009

phalitis, an infection that can cause inflammation of the brain and death. Most people bitten by an infected mosquito will never develop any symptoms, and only one in 150 with symptoms will develop the more serious West Nile encephalitis.

The Department of Environmental Protection and county staff use environmentally sensitive materials to kill mosquito larvae. The naturally occurring bacteria Bti and Bsph attack the digestive system of mosquitoes. Methoprene, an insect juvenile hormone, is also used to prevent mosquito larvae from developing into adults. These materials, while proven effective in controlling mosquito populations, have no effect on humans, plants or other animals.

This year, 62 counties will receive West Nile Virus grants. The five counties not receiving grants elected not to participate. DEP has agreed to contract for services in Lycoming, Susquehanna and Pike counties. DEP has also agreed to provide surveillance and control to Carbon and Forest counties.

Because standing water can be a breeding ground for mosquitoes, DEP Secretary John Hanger also reminded Pennsylvanians to do their part in the battle against the West Nile Virus. Hanger asked residents to remember one simple phrase.

"Dump it, drain it, treat it," said Hanger. "Dump it if is has water in it; drain it if it can be drained; and treat it if it has standing water. It sounds so simple, but those three actions have proven to be very effective."

For more information on West Nile Virus, visit www.westnile.state.pa.us.

The Rendell administration is committed to creating a first-rate public education system, protecting our most vulnerable citizens and continuing economic investment to support our communities and businesses. To find out more about Governor Rendell's
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