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West Nile virus found in mosquitoes by Madison Township



According to a Facebook post and a warning e-mail from Madison Twp. Officials infected with the virus were discovered on Monday afternoon in the pond of Madison Township Community Park.

Neither community officials nor Butler County Department of Health officials were available for comment.

According to the community's Facebook post "Historically, in Butler County (and other states) every summer mosquitoes are positive for the West Nile virus.

"Fortunately, most people infected with the West Nile virus never feel sick. About 1

in 5 people develop a serious, sometimes fatal disease.

"Precautionary measures to prevent mosquito bites, such as using bug spray and wearing breathable long pants and shirts, are the best steps you can take to prevent the West Nile virus.

"If you or your family members will be at the pond or in the park this week, please make sure everyone carries insect repellent. The pond is currently taped. So if you see someone nearby, please inform him about this release.

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Community officials said treatment of the pond would begin on Tuesday morning.

Symptoms of West Nile include fever, headache, nausea, vomiting, rash, and body aches, according to the Ohio Department of Health.

To minimize mosquito populations and prevent sting, health authorities suggest the following:

– Drain standing water

– Daily change water in bird baths and paddling pools

– Wear long sleeve shirts and pants

– Window bars maintain [19659008] – Use EPA-registered insect repellent.

For more information, visit the website of the Butler County Health Department .

The Journal News will report more as soon as information becomes available.