Health Officials Confirm Mosquitoes Found Carrying West Nile Virus In Columbus
On Tuesday, Columbus Public Health Commissioner Dr. Teresa Long confirmed two pools of mosquitoes collected by CPH have tested positive for West Nile Virus. They are the first reported pools positive for WNV found in the city of Columbus limits this season.
According to a press release, the positive tests were collected in south Columbus between Alum Creek Drive and Three Creeks Metro Park, south of Watkins Road and north of Williams Road. A second group was collected in South Columbus between Hamilton Road and Courtright Road, south of I-70 and north of Kimberly Parkway.
Health officials say as a result of the positive tests, CPH will be spraying the affected areas on Wednesday
Dr. Long says residents can protect themselves from mosquitos by using insect repellant, wearing protective clothing at dawn or dusk, repairing window screens, and eliminating standing water where mosquitoes lay eggs such as bird baths and baby pools.