Mosquitoes test positive for West Nile Virus in Franklin County

According to Franklin County Public Health, the positive test came from the area of Norwich Township near Hilliard

FILE - In this Jan. 18, 2016, file photo, a female Aedes aegypti mosquito acquires a blood meal on the arm of a researcher at the Biomedical Sciences Institute in the Sao Paulo's University in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The Aedes aegypti mosquito is behind the large outbreaks of Zika virus in Latin America and the Caribbean. On Friday, July 29, 2016, Florida said four Zika infections in the Miami area are likely the first caused by mosquito bites in the continental U.S. All previous U.S. cases have been linked to outbreak countries. (AP Photo/Andre Penner, File)

NORWICH TWP., OH (WCMH) – A pool of mosquitoes from a trap near Hilliard recently tested positive for West Nile Virus.

According to Franklin County Public Health, the positive test came from the area of Norwich Township near Hilliard.

This is the first positive test in Franklin County this season.

The health department sets 50 traps throughout the county each week in order to monitor the mosquito population and to identify West Nile Virus.

  • Wear insect repellant containing DEET (follow package directions)
  • Limit outdoor activity at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active
  • Mosquitoes breed in small amounts of water so empty all standing water around your home (like in planters, containers, pet dishes, bird baths, tires etc.)

For more information on mosquitoes and West Nile Virus, visit www.myfcph.org.

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