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More Mosquitoes Test Positive for West Nile

Every year, health officials go out and test for West Nile to monitor the status. So far this year, 16 mosquito pools have tested positive for the virus in Hamilton County: 15 on Yakima Drive in Sycamore Township, and one on Hammel Avenue in Golf Manor.

In Kentucky, two birds and one horse have tested positive, but in the central to western part of the state, and only in central Indiana have mosquitoes and birds tested positive for West Nile.

Are these numbers normal for this time of the season? Malcolm Adcock with the Cincinnati Department of Public Health says the virus is still too new to make specific predictions, but the number of mosquitoes testing positive seem on track from previous years, and the fact that there are no human cases yet is good news.

"We see the number of mosquitoes and the number of birds testing positive increase over the course of the summer, and if there's going to be human cases, they generally do not appear until later in the summer."

Since more West Nile carrying mosquitoes are still to bite, health officials say now is the time to take precautions. First drain containers in your yard that have standing water, but if some puddles can't be drained, apply mosquito larvicide. These "dunks", as they're called, can be bought at the hardware store. Also protect your body by wearing bug repellent that contains DEET, light-colored, loose clothing, and make sure to keep the grass cut.

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