Licking County Health Department Commissioner, Joe Ebel, says while his department has found the West Nile Virus in a large group of mosquitoes, so far, there aren’t any known cases of the virus being transmitted to humans.
Ebel says when testing, the Licking County Health Department looks for the number of mosquitoes in a given area, the type of mosquito, and if the West Nile Virus is prevelant.
“We’ve seen traps as high as 400 mosquitos in a trap, which is very high. We’ve been going out spraying and larviciding to try to control the breeding sights as well as kill the adults. We’ve seen the numbers drop back down, but we haven’t been able to get them completely knocked down, ” says Ebel.
Ebel says the affected area is in western Newark. He says its known to have drainage issues.
“There’s ditches that don’t drain properly. There’s standing water. Even in the dry months, we were finding water, ” says Ebel.
Ebel says mosquitoes like areas of stagnant water, such as pools, tires, dirty ditches, and downspouts.
He says people can protect themselves by keeping their eyes out for standing water, wearing long sleeves and pants, and having mosquito repellant on hand.
Licking County has the second highest number of mosquitoes with the West Nile Virus in the state of Ohio.