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West Nile Virus found

NEWARK – The Licking County Health Department found West Nile Virus infected mosquitoes in traps set near the area of Park Trails Subdivision. The area was sprayed last week.

Mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water, which includes puddles, stagnant ditches, and containers such as old tires, buckets, cans, neglected swimming pools and flower pots. Mosquitoes can carry diseases, including West Nile Virus, which can cause serious illness. It is important to apply mosquito repellant when participating in any outdoor activity when mosquitoes are active.

The Licking County Health Department recommends following these tips to help avoid mosquito bites:

• 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. If not in use, keep empty and covered.

• 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 repellent and follow the label directions.

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