Protect yourself from West Nile Virus

FILE - This undated file photo from the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows an aedes aegypti mosquito on human skin. The popular push for locally-produced food has spawned flocks of backyard chickens in urban neighborhoods nationwide, but as these chickens grow in popularity, pests hitch rides on them and end up biting the family dogs and cats. (AP Photo/U.S. Department of Agriculture, File)
FILE - This undated file photo from the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows an aedes aegypti mosquito on human skin. The popular push for locally-produced food has spawned flocks of backyard chickens in urban neighborhoods nationwide, but as these chickens grow in popularity, pests hitch rides on them and end up biting the family dogs and cats. (AP Photo/U.S. Department of Agriculture, File)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – All the recent rain can lead to spots of standing water creating the perfect breeding source for mosquitoes.

Officials tell 2 NEWS that when it rains often, about every three to four days, the rain flushes out the standing water, where mosquitoes breed.

With all the rain falling in the Miami Valley, it’s helping to keep mosquito populations low.

To keep it that way, officials say to go to your backyard and see if you have water collecting outside of your house. If you do, dump it out.

Mosquito eggs need standing water for several days to mature. By getting rid of their water source, it doesn’t allow the eggs to develop.

2 NEWS asked a public health official about the threat of West Nile this summer, he says the virus is always on their radar.

“It’s an endemic in our community its always here. we test for mosquitoes throughout the summer and we’ve been testing since about mid-may and up til now we don’t have any positive mosquito pools,” said Bill Wharton with Public Health Dayton & Montgomery County.

2 NEWS checked the Center for Disease Control’s website, they have a map showing West Nile cases in the country. So far, there are human cases of the West Nile virus  in Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and New Mexico.

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