2014-07-26 / News

West Nile Virus found in Licking County

NEWARK _ The Licking County Health Department reported this week the first evidence of West Nile Virus (WNV) in Licking County for 2014. One pool of mosquitoes collected from traps monitored by the Health Department on Valley Boulevard in the Village of Hanover has tested positive for WNV.

Health Department officials sprayed the area July 21, in addition to their regularly scheduled mosquito spraying schedule.

“The Ohio Department of Health restored mosquito testing services last week allowing us to identify areas with WNV infected mosquitoes and better target our mosquito control efforts,” said Joe Ebel, Licking County Health Commissioner.

Residents are encouraged to take personal protection measures to protect themselves and their loved ones against possible WNV infection.

“The wet spring and summer have allowed mosquito populations to rise county-wide,” said Ebel, “Residents should take steps to protect themselves against mosquito bites and eliminate standing water to reduce their chances of being infected by WNV.”

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

To eliminate areas of standing water near your home:

• Discard tires and other water holding containers like tin cans and unused flower pots

• Make sure all roof gutters are clean and properly draining

• Clean and chlorinate pools, outdoor saunas and hot tubs; keep them empty when not in use and drain water from pool covers

• Change water in bird baths weekly

For more information, contact the LCHD at (740) 349-6535 or visit www.lickingcohealth.org.

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