Five more mosquito pools test positive for West Nile Virus in Clark County

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SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - Five more mosquito pools have tested positive for West Nile Virus in Clark County.

According to the Clark County Combined Health District, nine mosquito pools have now tested positive for the virus in 2017. The latest positive samples were collected in the southwest, west and east sides of Springfield and in German Township.

While severe side effects of West Nile Virus are rare, the virus can lead to inflammation of the brain or inflammation of the lining of the brain and spinal cord. Earlier this month an Ohio man became the first person in the state to die of West Nile Virus this year. In Greene County a humane case was also confirmed at the the end of August.

The best way to keep yourself safe from West Nile is to protest yourself from mosquito bites.

  • When outdoors, use repellents containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535, oil of lemon eucalyptus or para-menthane-diol. Follow the directions on the package.
  • Many mosquitoes are most active from dusk to dawn. Be sure to use insect repellent and wear long sleeves and pants at these times or consider staying indoors during these hours.
  • Make sure you have good screens on your windows and doors to keep mosquitoes out.
  • Get rid of mosquito breeding sites by emptying standing water from flower pots, buckets and barrels. Change the water in pet dishes, and replace the water in bird baths weekly. Drill holes in tire swings so water drains out. Keep children’s wading pools empty and on their sides when they aren’t being used.
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