West Nile detected in Greene County mosquitoes

West Nile detected in Greene County mosquitoes

GREENE COUNTY — West Nile virus was detected in a mosquito sample from a pool of mosquitoes in Beavercreek, according to the Ohio Department of Health and Greene County Public Health.

The positive result came from a pool of mosquitoes in the area of North Fairfield Road, Hanes Road, Kemp Road, and Suburban Drive.

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Spraying will be conducted in that area Thursday evening, beginning 30 minutes after sunset.

West Nile virus is a virus most commonly spread by infected mosquitoes that can lead to severe fever, encephalitis (inflammation of the brain) or meningitis (inflammation of the lining of the brain and spinal cord). The primary carrier in Ohio is the northern house mosquito. Mosquitoes become infected when they feed on infected birds. Infected mosquitoes can then spread the virus to humans and other animals when they bite.

Greene County Public Health Commissioner Melissa Howell reminds everyone to be aware of their 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 (those containing DEET can be very effective; follow manufacturers' usage recommendations).