Medina County mosquito sample tests positive for West Nile virus

Medina County mosquito sample tests positive for West Nile virus

WADSWORTH, OH (WOIO) - A sample of mosquitoes taken from Memorial Park in Wadsworth has tested positive for West Nile virus.

This is the first positive test that the Medina County Health Department has gotten this year.

As part of a statewide mosquito surveillance program, the health department collects weekly mosquito samples at nine locations throughout the county.

County health officials, with help from the City of Wadsworth, will identify and treat areas of standing water in Memorial Park.

"These findings are not surprising," said Environmental Health Director Colin Johnson. "Not only have we had a rainy spring and summer, but, we've increased our surveillance program in an effort to provide more information and education about West Nile virus. Essentially, we found a positive sample because we were looking for one. There is no reason for the residents of Wadsworth to change their daily activities. We simply want to remind them to take precautions before heading outside at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active."

Here are the most effective ways to prevent mosquito bites:

  • Use mosquito repellent containing 30% or less DEET.
  • Remove areas of standing water where mosquitoes tend to breed; bird baths, wading pools, tires, buckets, clogged drain pipes, and ditches.
  • Wear light-colored clothing, long-sleeved shirts or jackets and long pants.
  • Use mosquito netting when sleeping outdoors.
  • Avoid mosquito-infested areas.
  • Avoid physical exertion and use of colognes and perfumes.

So far, there are no reported human cases of West Nile virus in Medina County, however, Cuyahoga, Lorain, Lucas and Hamilton Counties have all documented cases.

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