Greene County mosquitoes test positive for West Nile Virus

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GREENE COUNTY, Ohio (WDTN) – West Nile Virus has been detected in a mosquito sample sent to the Ohio Department of Health from Greene County.

The positive sample came from a location in Beavercreek in the neighborhood of North Fairfield Road, Hanes Road, Kemp Road, and Suburban Drive.

Jeff Webb, Director of Environmental Health Services, stated, “By monitoring and trapping mosquitoes, it gives us confirmation that the virus is present. Since West Nile Virus has been detected, the community is being advised to protect themselves.”

Mosquitoes have been being trapped since May and will continue until October.

Spraying will be conducted Thursday evening 30 minutes after sunset, extending until midnight in the area where the infected mosquitoes were identified.

Greene County Public Health Commissioner Melissa Howell wants to remind citizens to be aware of possible exposure to mosquitoes and to protect themselves by:

  1. Eliminating standing pools of water, such as birdbaths, gutters, old tires, unused pools, boats and buckets.
  2. Avoid shaded areas where mosquitoes may be resting.
  3. Limit outdoor activity during evening hours
  4. Wear protective clothing such as light-colored, long-sleeved shirts and pants.
  5. Use insect repellents

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