More Mosquitoes Test Positive for West Nile

E
very year, health officials go out and test for
W
est
N
ile to monitor the status.
S
o far this year, 16 mosquito pools have tested positive for the
v
irus in
H
amilton
C
ounty: 15 on
Y
akima
D
rive in
S
ycamore
T
ownship, and one on
H
ammel
A
venue in
G
olf
M
anor.

I
n
K
entucky, two birds and one horse have tested pos
i
tive, but in the central to western part of the state, and only in central
I
ndiana have mosquitoes and birds tested positive for
W
est
N
ile.

A
re these numbers normal for this time of the season?
M
alcolm
A
dcock with the
C
incinnati
D
epartment of
P
ublic
H
ealth 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.

"

W
e 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."

S

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