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Second group of mosquitoes collected in northwest Ohio tests positive for West Nile

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TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Paul Bauman with the Toledo Area Sanitary District confirms a second group of mosquitoes trapped in northwest Ohio has tested positive for West Nile Virus.

A group of mosquitoes collected in the west Toledo Five Points area on July 22 tested positive for the virus. The first positive test in northwest Ohio this year was in a group of mosquitoes collected in the Ottawa Hills area on July 10.

In both cases, the district sprayed the area with insecticide after collecting the mosquitoes. In the Ottawa Hills case, 93 percent fewer mosquitoes were collected after the spraying. In west Toledo, the number dropped by 75 percent.

Bauman says after a positive test the district also canvases the area looking for mosquito breeding grounds.

"We don't want these mosquitoes breeding and coming into more contact with the virus in the wild," he said. "We want to knock down those mosquitoes as quickly as we can so when we find it, we're treating it and of course testing to see if there is a virus, then follow-up testing to see how effective the treatment was."

Bauman says people should not be alarmed, and that this is a pretty common occurrence.

"Since West Nile arrived in Ohio, which is roughly 2002, there's only been one year where we did not find the virus in mosquitoes," he said.

He says people should just continue to do the normal things to protect themselves from mosquitoes, such as putting on repellent and wearing light, loose-fitting clothing. Mosquitoes are most active between dusk and dawn, so it's also a good idea to be outdoors as little as possible during that time.

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