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Mosquitoes collected in Ottawa Hills area test positive for West Nile Virus

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OTTAWA HILLS, OH (Toledo News Now) -

The Toledo Area Sanitary District says mosquitoes trapped in the Ottawa Hills area have tested positive for West Nile Virus.

Paul Bauman with the district says 30 mosquitoes trapped on July 10 tested positive for the virus.

"Once we start to see the virus build in the mosquito population, then we start to worry about it spilling over into people," said Bauman. "Normally it's just a bird, mosquito, but once the virus gets prevalent enough in the bird population and mosquito population, then it actually starts to spill over into people."

In response to the positive test, the district sprayed the area. Bauman says after spraying, the district saw a 93 percent reduction in the number of mosquitoes caught in traps in the area.

Bauman says a follow-up test on mosquitoes in the area came back negative for West Nile. 

There have been no reports of people or animals being affected by West Nile Virus in the area.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, most people infected with WNV will have no symptoms. About 1 in 5 people who are infected will develop a fever with other symptoms. Less than 1% of infected people develop a serious, sometimes fatal, neurologic illness.

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