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Protecting yourself from West Nile Virus infected mosquitoes

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CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

Mosquitoes infected with West Nile Virus are back in the Tri-State.

Just a week ago there were reports of the virus in mosquitoes found in Silverton.

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The West Nile Virus can be very dangerous. The last death reported because of the virus was in 2012.

The Hamilton County Health Department say it's that time of year again.

"Cincinnati is not a hot spot for West Nile. It's seen from coast to coast, people just have to protect themselves this time of year," Hamilton County Health Officer Mike Samet said.

How do we protect ourselves?

Samet says there are three ways:

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, pet bowls and tip over kids toys
  • 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.

People who are most affected by West Nile are the elderly, infants, toddlers and anyone with a weaker immune system.

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

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