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Positive West Nile mosquito samples collected in Clark County

The positive mosquitoes were collected in Jeffersonville and Charlestown. (Photo source: NBC News) The positive mosquitoes were collected in Jeffersonville and Charlestown. (Photo source: NBC News)

JEFFERSONVILLE, IN (WAVE) – Health departments on both sides of the Ohio River are warning residents as mosquitoes carrying the virus are here to stay.

The Clark County Health Department collected mosquitoes throughout all of county and two samples came back positive.

The first was in Charlestown near the square. The second was in Jeffersonville in the Claysburg neighborhood near the bus depot. These are the first positive mosquito samples this year in the county.

Louisville Metro Health has conducted similar tests with similar results. 

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The Cabinet for Health and Family Services said one person has tested positive for the West Nile Virus in Jefferson County.

Health officials said if mosquitoes bite you, that usually means they are breeding somewhere close to your home.

“If you've got the pool that you've put aside for the summer and water is collecting on the cover, you've got the children's toys or small children's pools,” Louisville Metro Environmental Health Administrator Connie Mendel said. “Anything that holds water, like gutters can be a big problem. If you've got little trees growing out of the gutters, they're probably breeding mosquitoes also.”

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Health departments can’t stress enough the importance of protecting yourself by using DEET repellants and wearing long clothing, especially when out at dusk and dawn.

This is a serious virus, while symptoms can be only mild in some, it certainly can cause death.

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