West Nile Virus found in Kent County mosquitoes



State officials say two mosquito-borne viruses that carry potentially serious health risks for humans have been detected in so-called sentinel chickens in DE for the first time this year.

A mosquito pool near Mount Blanchard tested positive for West Nile virus, the Ohio Department of Health informed Hancock Public Health.

The health department says it has been testing mosquitoes in traps placed throughout the county since June.

KCHD Administrative Health Officer Adam London said he expects West Nile to stick around until the first frost and that just because it was discovered in the 49507 area, that doesn't mean it's confined there.

Four other traps in the testing surveillance project are created to attract Aedes Egypti and Aedes Albopictus mosquitoes - two species known to carry Zika virus.

The project will continue through Labor Day weekend. The health department collected the sample between Tuesday and Thursday.

"We want people to be aware that they can greatly reduce their own risks by taking some simple precautions", he said in the release.