POMEROY, Ohio – The Meigs County Health Department has released a statement concerning West Nile virus in the county.

Meigs County Health Dept. (MCHD) recently was notified by the Ohio Dept. of Health that a mosquito it collected from a site in Rutland tested positive for West Nile Virus (WNV). In response, the MCHD will increase surveillance and assess the area for potential breeding sites.

WNV is indigenous to Ohio and most of the US.

According to the health department, “Please take precautions when you are outside by wearing long sleeves, pants and socks as well as using natural repellants or DEET to avoid being bitten and remove any sources of standing water from your property.”