(Warren County) - The Warren County Public Health District has confirmed its first West Nile Virus positive mosquito sample this year.
The health department says the sample was collected in Harlan Township on July 12. A total of seven West Nile Virus positive mosquito pools have been reported in the county since 2015.
The Ohio Department of Health says that West Nile activity in mosquitos is the highest it’s been in more than five years, when 122 human cases were reported in the Buckeye State in 2012.
So far one human case of the illness has been reported in Ohio this year.
West Nile Virus often occurs in mosquitos attracted to pools of water.
The health department suggests the public makes sure their doors and windows have tight-fitting screens to keep the bugs out. They also suggest that any areas of standing water be drained.