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NEW ALBANY — The Floyd County Health Department has confirmed that pools of mosquitoes have tested positive for West Nile Virus during routine sampling conducted in the New Albany area. Positive samples for West Nile Virus have been found in Floyd County for several years, but these are the first samples for 2018.

The Floyd County Health Department currently sets mosquito traps throughout Floyd County on a complaint basis and will continue to set traps and monitor mosquito populations until the area experiences freezing temperatures, according to a news release.

Residents should take precautions to avoid mosquito bites and follow these tips to avoid mosquito-borne disease: avoid being outdoors when mosquitoes are active [late afternoon, dusk to dawn and early morning], apply an EPA registered insect repellent containing DEET to clothes and exposed skin, cover exposed skin by wearing a hat and long sleeves and pants where mosquitoes are especially active such as wooded areas.

To reduce mosquito populations, install or repair screens on windows and doors, discard old tires, tin cans, ceramic pots and other containers that hold water. Also, repair failed septic systems, keep grass cut short and shrubbery trimmed, clean clogged gutters and replace the water in pet bowls frequently.

For more information, contact the Floyd County Health Department at 812-948-4726 or visit www.floydcountyhealth.org.

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