SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (WDTN) – As families continue enjoying the warm weather, health officials in Clark County continue finding mosquitoes with West Nile Virus. The latest sample was from the south side of Springfield, but officials say the samples that tested positive this season are spread out across the county.
Health officials say the virus could stick around through September, which is why they’re urging people to take precautions.
“Statewide, the incidents of West Nile in the mosquito population is way down. About 90 percent. We’re seeing it down about 50 percent in Clark County,” says Larry Shaffer, Environmental Health Director with the Clark County Combined Health District.
Shaffer says that so far, there have been no human cases of West Nile Virus this year in Ohio, but the virus typically peaks in August or September.
“It’s important that everybody check their gutters and check for things in the front yards and their backyards that might be holding water. Even the smallest amount, maybe you’ve got a tarp over some firewood, and that’s catching a little pocket of water. That can still breed hundreds of mosquitos.”
Shaffer also recommends wearing long sleeves and using bug spray.
Parents told 2 NEWS they’ll continue to make sure their kids are protected.
“If you want to enjoy the weather, if you want to go outside, you’ve just got to protect yourself somehow,” said Steven Bonk.
Turand Humphrey added, “You never can be too sure or too cautious, so use whatever you can.”
Health officials say crews will be spraying for adult mosquitoes this week in the area where the latest sample was found. They are also monitoring public ponds and spraying larvicide as needed.
Residents with any concerns or questions should call 937-390-5600 or visit this website for more information.
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