UPDATED Eliminating the state’s mosquito-control programs doesn’t seem like such a good idea, now that there are concerns over the spread of the Zika virus.
A mosquito-tracking program was unfunded in 2011, under Gov. Bev Perdue’s administration, as lawmakers looked for savings. A grant program that paid for counties’ mosquito spraying was defunded in 2014, under Gov. Pat McCrory’s administration.
Now the McCrory administration is proposing to restore $750,000 annually to resume the surveillance program.
That would pay for education and detection efforts, financial aid to counties and four fulltime positions three entomologists and one lab workers -- to control mosquito- and other pest-borne diseases.
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There have been 11 reported cases of Zika in North Carolina, all involving people who traveled out of the country.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported a nationwide decrease in arbovirus disease programs.
A previous version of this post was unclear about what programs were defunded and when.