The Licking County Health Department has announced that a pool of mosquitoes has tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV).

The Licking County Health Department has announced that a pool of mosquitoes has tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV).

This is the second positive test for WNV this year.

The mosquitoes were collected in a trap on Tamarack Road in Newark. The health department sprayed in this area July 21 and 22.

The first positive test was made on mosquitoes trapped on Buckeye Boulevard in Newark. No human cases of WNV have been diagnosed in Licking County this year.

Surveillance activities will continue throughout the summer and fall to identify other potentially affected areas. Residents are encouraged to avoid outdoor activities between dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active. Wearing light-colored clothing and using repellant, following label directions, are effective deterrents.

The health department has set its mosquito-spraying schedule for the week of Aug. 1-7 as follows:

West Main Street in Newark - Monday, Aug. 2.

Tamarack Road in Newark - Monday, Aug. 2.

Harbor Hills (near Hebron) - Wednesday, Aug. 4.

Kirkersville - Thursday, Aug. 5.

Hartford Fairgrounds - Thursday, Aug. 5.

KOA Campground in Buckeye Lake - Thursday, Aug. 5.

All spraying will be conducted at night.