West Nile Virus Season Is Here

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It's that time of year. Mosquitoes are out in full force and health experts are giving some advice on how to stop them before they bite.

Experts say you can stop a population from spreading just by doing a few simple steps.

With heavy rains lately, standing water is present in the area.

Cans, bottles, tires and flower pots filled with water can be perfect breeding grounds for mosquitoes.

"One of the most important things you can do to prevent West Nile Virus is to eliminate all breeding grounds for mosquitoes in your yard. There's no amount of water that's too small for mosquitoes to breed in," explains Interim Regional Epidemiologist of the Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department, Jessica Woods.

Each year, mosquito pools are tested to see if the West Nile Virus is present. "This year, they did find West Nile Virus in the mosquitoes in our area. That doesn't necessarily mean people will be infected by the virus, but it does mean it's in the mosquitoes in out area," Woods says. She adds, the last case of West Nile in our area was in 2011.

"Be aware the most active time for mosquitoes are at dusk and at dawn. The mosquitoes that carry another kind of virus called La Crosse Encephalitis are actually most active during the day so you can really never be too careful," Woods explains.

She also recommends to check with your health care provider before you leave the country to see if you need to take any preventative measures to avoid getting the virus.

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