Mosquitoes test positive for West Nile virus in Ohio

Mosquitoes test positive for West Nile virus in Ohio

Mosquitoes test positive for West Nile virus in Ohio

No human cases of the mosquito-borne illness have been reported in the county so far this year. But DeBess said the climate is changing, so "we have to expect the unexpected".

- Limit time outdoors from dusk to dawn when Culex mosquitoes, the primary carrier of WNV in South Dakota, are most active.

As the snow pack melts, OR is likely to have a lot of water for mosquitoes to reproduce, said Emilio DeBess, the state's epidemiologist specializing in mosquito-borne illness. Fifty-one Oregonians were infected with the virus previous year - all from travel-related exposure, the Statesman Journal reported.

Health officials reported Monday mosquitoes trapped in Franklin County, two hours from Cincinnati, have tested positive for the West Nile virus.

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"West Nile virus seems to be here to stay", Heinrich said, "so the best ways to avoid the disease are preventing mosquito bites and getting rid of breeding grounds for mosquitoes".

 At least once a week, eliminate the sources of standing water around a home by draining garbage cans, buckets, toys, flowerpots, wading pools, pet dishes, and other objects.

Residents may visit www.FIGHTtheBITE.net to subscribe to mailing lists to receive email notifications for upcoming mosquito treatments by zip code. Limit exposure by wearing trousers and long sleeves in the evening. DEFEND yourself by using an effective insect repellent.

 Fix any tears in door and window screens to prevent mosquitoes from entering a home. Always follow the directions on the label. DISTRICT personnel are also available to address any mosquito problems.

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