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Mosquitoes test positive for West Nile virus in Warren County

A Culex mosquito which is capable of transmitting West Nile Virus. (Source: Clermont County Public Health) A Culex mosquito which is capable of transmitting West Nile Virus. (Source: Clermont County Public Health)
WARREN COUNTY, OH (FOX19) -

The Warren County Health District has been trapping and testing mosquitoes. On Aug. 22, a mosquito pool tested positive for West Nile virus.

West Nile virus can cause potentially serious illness and is present in many counties in Ohio, including Warren County.

[Ohio's first human case of West Nile virus reported in Clermont Co]

The sample in question was collected on June 27 in Turtlecreek Township.

Minimize the number of mosquitoes and reduce your risk of being bitten by following these tips:

  • Make sure that doors and windows have tight-fitting screens.
  • Repair or replace all torn screens in your home.
  • Remove all discarded tires from your property.
  • Dispose of tin cans, plastic containers, ceramic pots, or similar water-holding containers.
  • Make sure roof gutters drain properly. Clean clogged gutters in the spring and fall.
  • Clean and chlorinate swimming pools, outdoor saunas and hot tubs. Keep empty and covered when not in use.
  • Drain water from pool covers.
  • Change the water in bird baths at least once a week.
  • Turn over plastic wading pools, and wheelbarrows, etc. when not in use.
  • Clean ditches of obstructions so they drain properly.
  • Eliminate any standing water that collects on your property.
  • Check trees for cavities that hold water and fill them with soil, gravel, or sand.
  • Remind or help neighbors to eliminate breeding sites on their properties.
  • Use insect repellant containing DEET at a concentration of at least 30% and follow the label directions. 

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