Mosquito-borne Disease Prevention
Mosquito News and Updates
Pickaway County Public Health has received confirmation from the Ohio Department of Health of the recent detection of West Nile virus (WNV) in mosquitoes collected from Harrison Township. This is the first confirmed positive test of the virus in the mosquito population for 2023. No human cases have been reported. Read the full press release here.
PCPH Mosquito Program
Mosquitoes can be found around many households, campgrounds, and parks in Ohio. It is common for humans to come in contact with mosquitoes in the spring, summer, and early fall in Ohio when going outdoors. There are 59 species of mosquitoes in Ohio. Some of these mosquitoes are known to spread disease. Although rare, mosquitoes can spread diseases such as West Nile Virus, Encephalitis and Malaria if an infected mosquito bites a human. Dogs can also get heartworms from bites from infected mosquitoes.
For the remainder of 2019, PCPH has received funding through the Ohio EPA to help with mosquito surveillance and control activities. PCPH staff are available to help assist you with questions regarding mosquito prevention, filing complaints regarding mosquito problems in Pickaway County, and reducing mosquito harborage conditions in Pickaway County. To file complaints or report mosquito problems, please call 740-477-9667
Photo of PCPH’s mosquito surveillance traps, if you see these out in your community, please do not disturb, and report problems to our office at 740-477-9667