Mosquitoes carrying West Nile virus found at Butler County park pond

Officials in a Butler County community have issued a warning Monday after finding mosquitoes infected with the West Nile virus.

According to a Facebook post and alert email from Madison Twp. officials, the mosquitoes carrying the virus were discovered Monday afternoon in the Madison Township Community Park pond.

Neither township officials nor those with the Butler County Health Department were available to comment.

According to the township’s Facebook posting, “historically Butler County (and others throughout the state) have mosquitoes test positive for West Nile virus every summer.

“Fortunately, most people infected with West Nile virus do not ever feel sick. About 1 in 5 people who are infected develop a serious, sometimes, fatal, illness.

“Precautions around preventing mosquito bites, such as the use of bug spray and wearing breathable long pants and shirts, are the best steps one can take to prevent West Nile virus.

“If you or your family members are going to be around the pond or in the park this week, please be sure to have all persons wear bug spray. The pond is currently taped off, so if you see anyone in that vicinity, please inform them of this release.

Township officials said that treatment of the pond will begin Tuesday morning.

Symptoms of West Nile include fever, headache, nausea, vomiting, rash and body aches, according to the Ohio Department of Health.

To minimize mosquito populations and prevent bites, health officials suggest the following:

- Drain standing water

- Change the water in birdbaths and wading pools daily

- Wear long sleeve shirts and pants

- Maintain window screens

- Use EPA-registered insect repellents

For more information go to the Butler County Health Department's website.

The Journal-News will report more as information becomes available.

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