Ohio Dept. of Health finds positive mosquito pools in Ottawa County

Press Staff Writer

        In a commitment to public health, the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) and the Ottawa County Health Department are  continuing their mosquito testing and surveillance program in Ottawa County.
        Ohio Department of Health has found seven positive mosquito pools for West Nile virus in Ottawa County including areas near Genoa and Marblehead. There are no human cases reported at this time.
        West Nile virus, which can be a serious disease, can be transmitted to humans through the bites of infected mosquitoes. The virus can cause a range of symptoms, from mild flu-like illness to severe neurological complications. Ottawa County Health Commissioner Gerald W. Bingham, Jr. urged all residents to be informed and protect themselves as peak mosquito activity season approaches.
        The best way to prevent West Nile virus infections is by preventing mosquito bites. Residents can take the following steps to minimize the risk of contact with West Nile virus:
        • Use EPA-approved bug spray. When spending time outdoors, apply insect repellents that contain DEET, picaridin, IR3535, or oil of lemon eucalyptus to skin and clothes. Follow the printed instructions for application.
        • Cover up. Wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants and socks at dawn and dusk.
        • Remove standing water. Mosquitoes breed in standing water. Remove any potential breeding sites around your property, including containers, tires, buckets and flower pots.
        • Keep bugs out. Make sure windows and doors have screens without tears or holes to keep mosquitoes from coming inside.
        • Stay informed. Watch for local health updates and mosquito activity in your area.
        The Ohio Department of Health will continue to work with local health departments, vector control agencies and other community partners to provide updated information to control mosquitoes and the spread of West Nile virus and provide the public with information.
        For more information about West Nile virus, visit the ODH website at odh.ohio.gov.


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