Mosquitoes in Seneca Co. test positive for West Nile virus

SENECA COUNTY, OH (WTOL) - Mosquitoes have tested positive for West Nile virus, according to the Ohio Department of Health.

The health department reports 11 pools of mosquitoes contain the virus in the area.

As of now, there are no reports of the virus infecting any people.

Residents are warned to plan ahead for mosquitoes while traveling.

To reduce the risk of infection and to avoid mosquito bites, the health department advises you to:

  • Wear EPA-registered mosquito repellents containing DEET
  • Wearing long, loose and light-colored clothing and socks when outdoors
  • Spray clothing with repellent as well, as mosquitoes can bite through thin clothing
  • Install or repair screens on windows and doors to keep mosquitoes from getting inside
  • Empty standing water from flowerpots, gutters, buckets, pool covers, birdbaths, and other water-holding containers to reduce mosquito breeding

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