A special fogging was planned for an area near the Olentangy Bike Path after a pool of mosquitoes tested positive for the West Nile Virus.

A special fogging was planned for an area near the Olentangy Bike Path after a pool of mosquitoes tested positive for the West Nile Virus.

The infected mosquitoes were discovered last week at Tucker Drive at the bike path, according to Columbus Public Health officials.

Fogging was planned for Wednesday morning, Aug. 27, from 4:30 to 6:30 a.m. in an area bounded by Riley Avenue on the north, West Granville Road on the south, Evening Street on the east, and the bike path on the west.

The entire city of Worthington was fogged three times this summer.

Fourteen infected pools have been found in central Ohio this summer, but last week's discovery was the first in Worthington.

The health department sets traps throughout the area, then sends the pools of mosquitoes to the state for testing, said Jose Rodriguez of the Columbus health department.

The decision to fog is based on the number of mosquitoes found in the area, the density of population, and the presence of positive pools of mosquitoes, Rodriguez said.

"We don't fog a neighborhood just to fog a neighborhood," he said.

The department honors requests to not fog individual properties. There are approximately 100 "no fog" areas in central Ohio.

Residents are urged to avoid mosquito bites by wearing long sleeves and long pants, using insect repellents containing DEET and staying indoors at dawn and dusk.

To assist authorities in controlling mosquitoes, residents are also asked to get rid of standing water on their property.

cbrooks@thisweeknews.com