Four people are dead in two separate accidents in Central Ohio. In Pataskala, investigators say a head-on collision on East Broad took three lives. One vehicle crossed the center line. Early this morning, the driver of a pick-up truck was killed when he slammed into a tree in a residential area south of Route 104 [...]
State To Stop West Nile Testing
The Ohio Department of Health will no longer test mosquitoes for West Nile virus.
An ODH spokeswoman says the testing program had a yearly budget of about $265,000, but Ohio is stopping that work because of a federal funding cut.
Some local agencies trapped mosquitoes and used the state to conduct or confirm initial tests.
Now, Columbus plans its own testing to guide efforts to contain the virus and the mosquito population. Surrounding Franklin County plans to use a less accurate test, and the Delaware General Health District plans to have its mosquitoes tested in Pennsylvania.
Licking County’s health commissioner says it can’t afford testing and will rely on educated guesswork about where to spray to kill the pests.
Some counties don’t test for West Nile virus.