TROY, Ohio (WDTN) – West Nile Virus has been detected in a group of mosquitoes sent to the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) from the Miami County area.
ODH notified Miami County Public Health (MCPH) that the positive group of mosquitoes were found on the south side of Troy near Waco Park. MCPH plans to survey the area to uncover potential breeding grounds and provide information to residents in the affected area about how to eliminate the breeding grounds.
The City of Troy will spray within a 1-mile radius of the positive mosquito test at Waco Park as recommended by MCPH. Spraying will take place at dusk on August 2.
A resident of the area said she worried about her grandchildren who visit her. One of her grandchildren was recently bitten by mosquitos.
“She got bit a few times and didn’t think anything about it. I didn’t think anything either because I didn’t know anything was going on. She’s older and she’s aware of what’s happening so we’ll watch for the symptoms,” Troy Resident Helen Reynolds said.
Troy Mayor Michael Beamish said, “It’s not surprising to me with all of the media reports about West Nile and tick activity throughout Ohio this season. The City spot sprays our park areas as needed each year. However, whether we spray or not does not guarantee a mosquito carrying the virus won’t fly into our community.”
Miami County Public Health Commissioner Dennis Propes was not surprised at the detection either. “It’s pretty endemic in the state now. It’s pretty wide spread. I think right now, 32 counties have positive pools of mosquitoes,” Propes said.
Public Health staff started trapping and testing mosquitoes throughout the county earlier this summer.
This is the first positive test for West Nile Virus in mosquitoes in Miami County this year. No human cases have been reported in Miami County so far, though state-wide there have been two reported cases in 2018.
32 counties in Ohio have reported West Nile Virus activity, which includes positive mosquito tests as well as cases of the virus in humans and horses.
All residents in the community are being advised to protect themselves by using EPA registered repellents while outdoors or avoid outdoor activity during peak mosquito biting hours (dusk to dawn).
Plan ahead for mosquitoes while traveling by checking travel notices for mosquito-borne and other disease transmission updates. Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s Travelers’ Health website to search for the latest notices for the country you’re traveling to. You are also encouraged to bring insect repellents, appropriate clothing, and mosquito netting if you plan to sleep outdoors or in unscreened structures.
You can stop mosquitoes from breeding in and around your home by properly emptying and discarding water-holding containers and by using products that contain Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis (Bti) to control mosquito larvae in containers that are too large to empty. These can be found at many garden and home-improvement stores.
Additionally, check to make sure screens on doors and windows are in proper condition and are not ripped.
To learn more information, contact Miami County Public Health at (937) 573-3500, visit their website, or contact Troy Assistant City Director Tom Funderburg at (937) 339-7639.