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Public Health Dept: Mosquitoes test positive for West Nile in St

Public Health Dept: Mosquitoes test positive for West Nile in St

With the increased numbers, "Ada County's Mosquito Abatement District is anticipating a potential epidemic level of West Nile Virus due to the abundance of larvae already in the valley", Ada County Punblic information Officer Kate McGwire.

According to Franklin County Public Health, the positive test came from the area of Norwich Township near Hilliard. The county said this is the first positive sample from the county this year.

"The West Nile virus seems to be here to stay, so the best way to avoid the disease is to reduce exposure to and eliminate breeding grounds for mosquitoes", she said. Residents of Columbus should call 311.

To avoid getting bitten by mosquitoes, the public should fix any tears in door or window screens, wear long-sleeved shirts and trousers, and spray themselves with repellents. Less than one percent of infections develop into the life-threatening West Nile Encephalitis.

The elderly and people with compromised immune systems are at greater risk of developing a central nervous system illness that can be fatal.

There have been no reports this years, but Holt says being added to the local flooding disaster declaration, the district can expand their budget to take preventative measures.

The majority of infections in humans have been reported from June through October.

Turn over wheelbarrows, wading pools, boats and canoes when not in use.

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