Trotwood to treat Madison Park after mosquitoes test positive for West Nile

Credit: Ohio Department of Health

Credit: Ohio Department of Health

Trotwood will be spraying and treating Madison Park after mosquitoes tested positive for West Nile virus.

Public Health Dayton & Montgomery County notified the city that mosquito samples at Madison Park, 301 S. Broadway St., tested positive for the virus.

The city will be spraying the park this week and reminded the public to be aware of their exposure to mosquitoes.

West Nile virus is typically spread by infected mosquitoes. The virus can lead to severe fever, encephalitis or meningitis, according to public health. About eight out of 10 people who become infected don’t develop symptoms, but severe cases can be life-threatening.

Symptoms of West Nile include fever, headaches, body aches, joint pain, vomiting, diarrhea, rash and fatigue.

People can protect themselves from West Nile virus by:

  • Eliminating standing pools of water, such as bird baths, gutters, old tires, unused pools, boats and buckets
  • Avoid shaded areas where mosquitoes may be resting
  • Limit outdoor activities during evening hours
  • Wear protecting clothing outside, such as light-colored, long-sleeved shirts and pants
  • Use insect repellents — ones with DEET can be effective — and follow the recommended usage instructions

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