HARRISBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania state officials announced today that 30 counties have been awarded more than $2 million in grants to help survey and control mosquitoes that carry West Nile and Zika viruses.
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) said that West Nile virus has been detected in the past in all 67 counties.
This year the department began surveying for it on May 1.
To control mosquitoes, the DEP partners with counties to cover the costs associated with abatement.
Typically, the counties that receive funds historically harbor mosquito species that can carry both viruses.
The DEP said 16 confirmed human cases of West Nile virus were reported in the state in 2016.
No Zika cases were reported in the state.
"I am pleased that we are once again able to partner with Pennsylvania counties to conduct this surveillance and control of mosquitoes, which can carry diseases that pose a serious risk to human health," said Governor Tom Wolf.
DEP encourages residents to remove standing water from their property and use insect repellents to prevent the spread of mosquitoes.
Officials said that monitoring for Zika virus will begin on June 1.
Some of the counties expected to receive funding include:
Allentown, PA 18102