West Nile virus found in tested sample of mosquitoes in Ottawa Hills

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OTTAWA HILLS, Ohio - A local pest control expert is working to exterminate mosquitoes that could carry the West Nile virus.

According to the Toledo Area Sanitary District,
West Nile Virus was recently found in some mosquitoes sampled in the Village of Ottawa Hills. The positive test marks the first time the virus has been found in a pool of mosquitoes in Lucas County this year.

The virus, once inside humans, can cause severe sickness including fever and headaches. In a very small percentage of patients, the virus can be fatal.

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The area where the presence of West Nile Virus was found has been fogged and re-trapped for mosquitoes, according to TASD. A 93-percent reduction in the number of mosquitoes in the area has been found. A second testing has come back negative for the presence of West Nile Virus.

Exterminator Skeat Hug said keeping mosquitoes from breeding is the best way to prevent the virus from spreading.

In order to reduce the likelihood of contracting the virus from an infected mosquito, TASD urges residents to take personal protective measures, including using repellents, wearing light-colored and loose-fitting clothing, and tightening screens and doors. Residents should also check their properties for water sources that can breed mosquitoes.