DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) - Spraying for your safety at Wegerzyn Gardens Wednesday night, after a pool of mosquitoes tested positive for the West Nile Virus in a wooded area at the park last week.
Lisa Mallory says she's thankful they're doing it. She came to the park to fish with her two sons. She's also doing her part to protect them.
"We spray them down a lot. There's one that's really a bug magnet so we have to really grease him up and spray him down with all kinds of bug spray," explains Mallory.
Bill Wharton with Public Health-Dayton & Montgomery County says this shouldn't stop you from coming to the park.
"One of the main things we want to stress to the public is that it doesn't really matter where you are located in Montgomery County, your risk of being bitten by a mosquito infected with West Nile, is about the same. SO, it's not like there are localized pockets here and there.," says Wharton.
After federal dollars were cut to state health departments, the only way they can test for the West Nile Virus is by doing it themselves and that costs about $2,000.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that last year there were 121 cases of West Nile Virus and 7 deaths in Ohio alone.
Nationwide, there were more than 5,600 cases and 286 in 2012.
So, public health officials encourage you to also be proactive like Mallory.
"You want to make sure there's no standing water. A lot of times you don't see the standing water until you look for it. People don't notice that their gutters and spouts are clogged and that's where the mosquitoes may be breeding. The second thing is, if you're going into areas where you know there are going to be mosquitoes, then make sure you use mosquito repellant and follow the directions on the label," comments Wharton.
You should also try to avoid outdoor activity at dusk or dawn but if you can't do that, wear long sleeves and use insect repellant.
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