Mosquitoes in Centerville test positive for West Nile Virus
CENTERVILLE, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - Mosquitoes in another community in the Miami Valley have tested positive for West Nile Virus. Public Health-Dayton & Montgomery County says 16 positive tests of mosquitoes infected with the virus have been found in Centerville.
Centerville's City Manager, Wayne Davis, said the mosquitoes that tested positive for the virus were collected near the Iron Horse Park on Millshire Drive. In response, the city contacted public health officials to spray the area to kill the mosquitoes. The area affected is bounded by Marshall Road to the west, East Whipp Road to the north, Kentshire on the east and I-675 to the south.
Public Health-Dayton & Montgomery County will use Ultra Low Volume truck-mounted mosquito spraying on Tuesday night, August 21 between dusk and midnight as long as weather permits. Public health officials say the chemical they'll use won't put people or pets at danger.
People infected with West Nile Virus can suffer symptoms such as severe fever, encephalitis or meningitis. However, a majority of people infected with the virus will not show any symptoms, health officials say. There is no specific treatment for West Nile Virus, health providers treat the symptoms as they show up.
The best way to protect yourself from being bitten by a mosquito is to wear repellent, wear long sleeves and long pants, avoid outside activity from dusk until dawn and empty standing water.