2011-07-02 / News

West Nile Virus found in Licking County

NEWARK The Licking County Health Department reported the first evidence of West Nile Virus (WNV) in Licking County for 2011. One pool of mosquitoes collected from traps monitored by the health department has tested positive for WNV.

Health Commissioner Joe Ebel, stated, “There have been no WNV positive bird, horse or human cases in Licking County so far this year, but this finding affirms the need for residents to take steps to protect themselves against mosquito bites and eliminate standing water to reduce their chances being infected by WNV.

All residents are encouraged to take the following personal protection measures to protect themselves and their loved ones against possible WNV infection:

To avoid possible infection from mosquito bites:

• Avoid outdoor activities between dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active;

• Wear light colored clothing as mosquitoes are attracted to dark colors; and

• Use insect repellent and follow the label directions

For more information, contact the Licking County Health Department at (740)-349-6535 or visit www.lickingcohealth.org

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