West Nile Virus found in some mosquitoes in Portsmouth, Ohio area

West Nile virus Italy and a mosquito

West Nile virus Italy and a mosquito

"Public Health thanks the community for being diligent in removing standing water and eliminating the places where mosquitoes can breed", Callanan said.

"These traps are tested weekly from June to September, and with this recent confirmation of West Nile virus activity, we are increasing our efforts in the area surrounding the positive traps by looking for breeding sites and re-treating catch basins with larvicide".

Three mosquito pools have tested positive for the West Nile Virus, the Portsmouth City Health Department reports.

Most people infected with the virus do not show symptoms, although more severe symptoms may occur, including fever, headaches, body aches, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, and sometimes swollen lymph glands or a skin rash. While there is no cure or vaccination for the virus, symptoms can be treated to help aid recovery.

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To reduce the risk, the province suggests limiting time spent outdoors between dusk and dawn, using repellent, wearing light-coloured, loose clothing and making sure screens on windows and doors are free of holes. Long sleeves and trousers if possible.

CU Boulder's Integrated Pest Management (IPM) team has conducted a mosquito monitoring program since 2003. Those traps are maintained and monitored by Peel Public Health. More information about WNV, mosquitoes in Boulder County and preventive measures can be found on the county's website, as well as the websites of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and the CSU Extension.

Officials are cautioning anyone doing outdoor activity west of Caldwell.

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