West Nile Virus found at Oneida pool

GateHouse News Service

Knox County public health officials on Aug. 6 announced that Health Department staff have collected mosquito samples testing positive for West Nile virus.

The samples were collected from a pool in Ontario Township, at the edge of Oneida – the first positive environmental samples collected this year in Knox County.

“It is common for the Health Department to identify West Nile virus in mosquitoes in Knox County,” said Heidi Britton of the health department. “We expect that mosquito activity will last through the remainder of the summer months and into the fall season and remind individuals that preventing exposure to mosquitoes is the best way to avoid contracting the virus.”