West Nile found in Warren County mosquitoes

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

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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.

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

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“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.”

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The health district offered the following tips:

*Make sure that doors and windows have tight-fitting screens.

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*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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