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The Galion City Health Department has been trapping and testing mosquitos throughout the summer. Six mosquitos captured in Galion tested positive for West Nile virus. The city will continue to conduct spraying for as long as the insect stays active.
The Health Department still has free dunks available to city residents, which can be placed in standing water in order to kill mosquito larvae. Dunks may be picked up at the Health Department, 113 Harding Way East, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. The Health Department will continue testing mosquitos as weather permits.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, most people infected with West Nile do not display symptoms. One in five people develop fever with other symptoms such as headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea or rash. People over 60 years of age are at greater risk of infection, along with people with certain medical conditions: cancer, diabetes, hypertension, kidney disease and people who have received organ transplants. Your healthcare provider can order tests to look for West Nile virus infection. For more information, visit the CDC website.