Mosquitoes test positive for West Nile virus in Kent, surrounding communities

By Lily Martis and Robert Carroll The City of Kent Health Department is taking measures to rid the area of mosquitoes after seven mosquito pools tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV) – a jump from the three positive pools the city had last season. “It was kind of the perfect summer for it,” Justin Smith, chief public health sanitarian for the City of Kent, said. “The history shows when we have a drought summer where there is very little rainfall, West Nile becomes more prevalent in the population.” WNV was first identified in the Middle East and reached the eastern part of the U.S. in 1999, Dr. Marguerite Erme,

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West Nile virus positive mosquitoes found in Portage County, City of Kent taking precautions

Words by Carley Hull. Photo by Rachael Le Goubin.  The City of Kent and Portage County Health Departments are taking measures to rid the area of mosquitoes after five mosquito pools tested positive for West Nile virus. The City of Kent Health Department confirmed four positive pools, three in Kent and one in Brimfield, in August. Kent State University labs confirmed a fourth positive Kent mosquito pool last week, but results from the Ohio Department of Health are pending, said City of Kent Health Commissioner Jeff Neistadt. These are the first West Nile virus positive mosquitoes confirmed in the county. Eradicating mosquitoes Portage County Health Commissioner DuWayne Porter said that

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