Vandalia mosquitoes test positive for West Nile Virus

VANDALIA — Mosquitoes collected in Vandalia have tested positive for West Nile Virus, according to a press release from the City of Vandalia.

The city was notified by Public Health Dayton and Montgomery County that mosquitoes collected last month at the Vandalia Sports Complex, Poplar Hill Cemetery and Damian Street/Pool Avenue area tested positive for the virus.

No human cases of West Nile have been reported in Montgomery County this year, according to Public Health.

Thursday evening, Public Health crews conducted mosquito fogging on Vandalia’s southwest side.

Symptoms of West Nile include fever, headache, nausea, vomiting, rash and body aches, according to the Ohio Department of Health.

To minimize mosquito populations and prevent bites, Public Health suggested the following:

  • Drain standing water
  • Change the water in birdbaths and wading pools daily
  • Wear long sleeve shirts and pants
  • Maintain window screens
  • Use EPA-registered insect repellents

Anyone with questions regarding West Nile Virus or mosquito control should contact Public Health at 937-225-4439.

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