West Nile found in Warren County mosquitoes

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West Nile found in Warren County mosquitoes

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A billboard warns people to empty standing water to avoid mosquitoes. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

The Warren County Health District today reported that the West Nile virus was found in a sample collected on June 27 in Turtlecreek Township.

The sample was collected by trapping mosquitoes then tested by the Ohio Department of Health.

“As of August 22, 2017, this is the first positive mosquito pool reported” in Warren County, according to a press release issued Tuesday. “The public can minimize the number of mosquitoes and reduce their risk of being bitten.”

The health district offered the following tips:

*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. Keep empty and covered when not in use.

* 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 containing DEET at a concentration of at least 30% and follow the label directions.

For more information please visit our website at www.wcchd.com or our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/WCCHD.Ohio.

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