The decision by the Ohio Health Department to cancel testing mosquitoes for the West Nile virus won't stop the testing in Summit County.
Summit County Health Department Environmental Health Supervisor Terry Tuttle tells AkronNewsNow the County will fund it's own West Nile testing for the first time. " We're going to be funding it through our mosquito funds, which come from general revenue, and we'll begin testing probably in late June."
Tuttle says the county health department is funding the mosquito testing program by changing its mosquito spraying program. Up until this year widespread areas of the county were sprayed to control the mosquito population, but this year only areas where the West Nile Virus has been found, and what are considered nuisance insect areas will be sprayed.
Terry Tuttle says the county health department will no longer have to rely on sending the mosquitoes elsewhere for testing. " We will be getting the results immediately. We won't be shipping them out. We'll be testing them at our facility here at the health department."
As to why the county decided to continue the testing Tuttle says, " The reason we're going to continue to test is because the infection rate varies so much from year to year. So we like to know what the infection rates are so that we can determine where to spray."