The Licking County Health Department last week released a report stating the West Nile virus was found in mosquitoes caught in traps near the Harrison Township Community Center.
Health department workers sprayed several areas in Pataskala, Etna Township, Harrison Township and Kirkersville last week in an effort to reduce the population of mosquitoes.
The health department is encouraging people to avoid possible infection from mosquito bites by taking the following steps:
* Avoid outdoor activities between dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active. People who must be outside at that time should wear long pants, long-sleeved shirts, shoes and socks.
* Wear light-colored clothing because mosquitoes are attracted to dark colors.
* Use insect repellent.
People also are encouraged to eliminate structures that house standing water to prevent mosquito breeding. People should remove any items that hold water, such as unused flower pots, and make sure all gutters are clean and drain properly.
Pools, hot tubs and outdoor saunas should be cleaned regularly and water in bird baths should be changed weekly.
For more tips, visit lickingcohealth.org.
-- Lori Wince