Mosquitoes carrying West Nile swarm Summit County

AKRON, OH (WOIO) - Thirteen more pools of mosquitoes carrying the West Nile Virus were identified Thursday in the City of Akron on the following streets:  two on Abington Road, two on Meade Avenue, two on Derby Downs Road, four at the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company on East Market Street, and three on Hobart Avenue.

This makes a total of 22 positive pools for the year in Akron so far.  Summit County health officials say they will be spraying in the affected and surrounding areas over the next several days.

The Summit County Health District has been setting traps all summer to catch and test two different types of mosquitoes, nuisance and Culex mosquitoes.  It is the Culex mosquitoes that carry the West Nile Virus.  Health officials report that this year has produced an inordinate amount of mosquitoes due to the excessive amount of rainfall and flooding in the area.

Residents should take personal safety precautions to protect against mosquitoes by wearing light-colored clothing, long sleeve shirts, long pants, socks and shoes; stay indoors during dawn and dusk hours; keep window and door screens in good condition; keep pets indoors, and use repellents that contain Picaridin or DEET.

The amount of DEET in a repellent should be 30 percent or less for adults and 10 percent for children.

West Nile virus is spread by infected mosquitoes, and can cause serious, life-altering and even fatal disease. Get outside and enjoy the summer, but remember that mosquitoes carrying West Nile virus are on the wing in many areas, so apply a mosquito repellent when you're outdoors, especially from dusk to dawn. It's never to late to fix those screens and don't forget to empty water-holding containers around the yard. Watch for updates from your health department or mosquito control program, too.

For more information, call the Summit County Health District at (330) 923-8856.