West Nile Virus has turned up in recently trapped mosquitoes on Citation Drive in this western Hamilton County suburb, health officials announced Tuesday.
Hamilton County Public Health staff members will be conducting surveillance activities in the area where the mosquitoes were collected.
Officials say the Cincinnati Health Department (CHD) confirmed a mosquito pool in Mt. Airy Forest tested positive for the virus. This was the first pool sent by CHD that tested positive.
They will be looking for areas of standing water, applying larvicide, making sure swimming pools are operating properly and advising residents on precautions they can take to avoid mosquito bites. The peak time for mosquitoes and West Nile Virus is now until the first frost of the season.
“It is important for residents to remember that we can all take action to eliminate mosquito breeding sites and take precautions to avoid mosquito bites,” said Assistant Health Commissioner Greg Kesterman, Assistant Health Commissioner. "With the great weather and upcoming holiday weekend, many people will be enjoying the outdoors. We’re reminding folks to take precautions.”
All county residents are advised to DRAIN, DUNK and PROTECT to reduce the mosquito population and prevent West Nile Virus:
While all residents of areas where virus activity has been identified are at risk, people over age 50 have the highest risk of developing severe infections.
Anyone experiencing any of these symptoms should contact their healthcare provider for evaluation.
For more information on West Nile Virus, contact Hamilton County Public Health: 513-946-7800 or visit www.hamiltoncountyhealth.org.
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