The Franklin County Board of Health reported last week that some mosquitoes in Reynoldsburg tested positive for the West Nile virus.

The Franklin County Board of Health reported last week that some mosquitoes in Reynoldsburg tested positive for the West Nile virus.

According to a press release from Safety-Service Director Pam Boratyn, spraying was done Aug. 21 at around dusk in areas east of Waggoner Road and north of East Main Street

"They have found it in other areas, but the issue is they found one in Reynoldsburg, but additional traps were set and none of the others came up positive," Boratyn said.

The county health board has been actively trapping mosquitoes throughout Franklin County since early May. The press release said finding mosquitoes carrying the West Nile virus is not unexpected.

Boratyn said residents should remember that West Nile virus has been present for many years and historically begins to show up at this time of the year.

However, residents should take the following precautionary steps to protect themselves:

Wear insect repellent containing DEET (follow package directions).

Limit outdoor activity at dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active.

Eliminate all standing water around the home because mosquitoes breed in water.

According to the Franklin County Board of Health, West Nile virus can be transmitted to people through the bite of an infected mosquito.

It can cause encephalitis, or inflammation of the brain.

Symptoms include mild fever, headache and body aches, often with a skin rash and swollen lymph glands.

In some individuals, especially the elderly, West Nile virus can cause serious illness that affects brain tissue.

Fewer than 1 percent of people bitten by an infected mosquito will become severely ill.

There were no human cases of West Nile virus in Franklin County in 2007 and only one in 2006.

The board of health said the county will continue its comprehensive mosquito control program throughout the mosquito season.

Thirty-eight mosquito traps are set weekly throughout Franklin County to identify and monitor disease-carrying mosquitoes in the area.

Crews will continue to work to eliminate standing water or will treat standing water with larvicides to prevent larvae from hatching.

Spraying will be scheduled based on the number of disease-carrying mosquitoes and/or the presence of the virus identified through trap data.

More information about mosquitoes and the West Nile virus is available online at www.franklincountyohio.gov/health. Residents are encouraged to visit the Web site often for spraying schedules and maps as well as other mosquito information, including trap and testing data.

Residents can also call (614) 462-2483 to report problem areas or obtain further information.

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