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Emergency Funding Approved For West Nile Virus Fight
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Within a week of issuing a West Nile Virus emergency proclamation, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger recently announced funding has been released to immediately begin additional mosquito control efforts in four counties, including San Joaquin.

"California already has one of the most comprehensive West Nile Virus surveillance and control programs in the nation, but we must take more aggressive action due to this year's unprecedented increase in the number of cases," said Governor Schwarzenegger. "The state stands ready to give our local partners the resources they need to fight West Nile Virus this year."

The funding has been awarded to the following vector control agencies:

Kern Mosquito and Vector Control District ($200,000) - to conduct aerial spraying over an urban area (Bakersfield) for the first time this year.

San Joaquin County Mosquito and Vector Control District ($100,000) - to intensify and expand aerial spraying to areas that they could not cover before.

Colusa Mosquito Abatement District ($100,000) - to conduct, for the first time, adult mosquito control via ground and aerial spraying outside the boundaries of the district.