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 in 2012. Two pools of mosquitoes collected from traps monitored by the Health Department has tested positive for WNV.
The infected mosquitoes were found in Newark on West Main Street near Tamarack Drive and in Pataskala near the intersection of York Road and Ohio 16. The Health Department will conduct mosquito spraying in these areas in order to reduce the risk posed by the disease.
There have been no cases of WNV in humans or horses in Licking County so far this year.
To avoid possible infection from mosquito bites:
• Avoid outdoor activities between dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active; if you must be outdoors, be sure to wear long pants, long-sleeved shirts, shoes and socks.
• Wear light colored clothing as mosquitoes are generally attracted to dark colors.
• Use insect repellent and follow the label directions.