West Nile virus discovered in Franklin County mosquitoes


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Mosquitoes carrying the West Nile Virus have now been detected in central Ohio, according to Franklin County Public Health.

Experts have been trapping and testing mosquitoes since mid-May.

Last weekend, health officials laid 61 traps across the area aimed at finding mosquitoes with the West Nile Virus.

Four of those traps attracted mosquitoes carrying it.

The traps were placed in Westerville, Gahanna, Prairie Township and Bexley.

“We’ve already gone ahead and sprayed all of those areas,” said Sarah Fink, of Franklin County Public Health.

To avoid being stung by mosquitoes, it is best to stay away from standing water, wear bug spray that contains DEET, and wear clothing that covers exposed skin, especially feet, Fink said.

“One of our traps actually uses allure that smells like socks to attract mosquitoes, so you could imagine how much mosquitoes like to bite your feet,” she said.

Most individuals who are bitten by infected mosquitoes show no symptoms.

Last year, they were no reported cases of West Nile Virus in humans in Franklin County.

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