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West Nile Virus found in local mosquitoes

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SILVERTON, OH (FOX19) -

Mosquitoes in a local city have tested positive for West Nile Virus, a disease that can be passed from the insects to humans.

Public Health officials announced Thursday that the West Nile infected mosquitos were found in Hamilton County's Village of Silverton. The mosquitos were collected from an area of standing water in Placid Place.

[Related: Health Officials say 2 Ohioans have West Nile Virus]

West Nile Virus affects the central nervous system and enters humans through a mosquito bite. Symptoms for West Nile can develop two to 14 days after someone is bitten by an infected mosquito, according to public health officials.

Authorities say they will be applying larvicide to Silverton's areas of standing water where mosquitos tend to gather.

Hamilton County's Public Health Office offers the following tips to reduce the mosquito population and prevent West Nile Virus:

DRAIN

  • Look for and drain sources of standing water on your property – litter, tires, buckets, flower pots, wading pools and similar items that could create standing water and become mosquito breeding sites.
  • Frequently change water in bird baths and pet bowls.
  • Drain small puddles after heavy rainstorms.

DUNK

Apply mosquito larvicide, sometimes called mosquito "dunks," to areas of standing water that cannot be drained. The "dunks" are environmentally safe and won't harm pets. Purchase them at your local hardware store.

PROTECT

  • Cut your grass and trim shrubbery.
  • Make sure screens in windows and doors are tight-fitting and free from defect.
  • Wear long sleeves and pants during peak mosquito hours – dawn and dusk.
  • Use an EPA-registered insect repellent such as those containing DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus. Always follow the directions on the package.

To read Hamilton County's full information on West Nile symptoms and prevention, click here.

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