West Nile virus found in Seneca County, here’s what you need to know
TIFFIN, OH — According to a news release from the Seneca County General Health District, mosquitoes located in Seneca County have tested positive for the West Nile Virus.
The Ohio Department of Health reported Tuesday 11 pools of mosquitoes collected from four locations in the county tested positive for the virus. There have not been any reports of infections as of Thursday morning.
The West Nile Virus is a virus spread by the bite of infected mosquitoes. The Ohio Department of Health advises you to follow these guidelines: avoid mosquitoes and mosquito bites, plan ahead for mosquitoes while traveling and stop mosquitoes from breeding in and around the home.
• Use insect repellents on exposed skin with EPA-registered insect repellents. They are proven safe and effective, even for pregnant and breastfeeding women, the release states. Use products according to label instructions to optimize safety and effectiveness. Do not spray repellents on the skin under your clothing.
• During peak mosquito biting hours, use repellents from dusk to dawn and wear light-colored clothing with long sleeves and long pants. If possible, avoid outdoor activities during peak mosquito biting hours and use mosquito netting when sleeping outdoors or in unscreened structures.
• Empty standing water from containers such as flowerpots and buckets. Dispose of discarded tires properly and drill holes in tire swings to drain the water. Change water in pet dishes and birdbaths frequently and check and clean clogged roof gutters at least two times a year. Clean and chlorinate swimming pools even if not being used and keep children’s wading pools empty and on their sides when they aren’t being used.
For more information on West Nile Virus and mosquito control, contact the Seneca County General Health District at 419-447-3691.
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