Summit County mosquito tests positive for West Nile, spray slated for tonight

AKRON, OH (WOIO) - A mosquito was found carrying the West Nile Virus in Summit County.

Health officials found the infected mosquito Tuesday near Easton Road in Northeast Akron.

Recent flood waters have resulted in many mosquitoes hatching recently in the area of the floods.

The Summit County Health District will continue to spray for mosquitos in Northwest Akron and in the Merriman Valley area on Thursday, August 4th.

Spraying will begin at approximately 8:30PM and continue until completed. In the event of bad weather, the spray schedule may be modified.

To protect yourself and your loved ones from mosquito bites, be sure to use mosquito repellent and remove standing water from your property.

1. Disposing of containers that collect water (buckets, tires, cans, etc.)

2. Eliminating areas of standing water

3. Repairing leaky outdoor faucets that leave puddles

4. Emptying bird baths at least once a week

5. Draining and unclogging gutters

6. Filling tree holes with tar or cement

7. Tightly screening all openings of your home

8. Keeping children indoors during times of high mosquito activity

Please prevent personal exposure to mosquitoes by using insect repellent containing DEBT, picaridin, or lemon eucalyptus oil and follow the label directions.

People who have symptoms - including high fever, headaches, muscle aches, vomiting and loss of appetite - two to 15 days after a mosquito bite should see theft doctor and tell them about the encounter.

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