West Nile mosquitoes detected in Westfield

Mosquitoes collected at a Westfield park recently tested positive for West Nile Virus, the Hamilton County Health Dept. announced July 10. The health dept., who conducts mosquito surveillance throughout the county, said the samples were collected on June 19 at Asa Bales Park, 181st Street and U.S. 31, Westfield. The positive test was reported on July 7.

When WNV positive mosquitoes are found, the HCHD conducts truck – mounted spraying within a one – mile buffer area of the collection site. This took place on July in the area bordered by Dartown Road on the west, 191st Street on the north, Grassy Branch on the east, and 171st St. on the south.

Officials said during dry years such as this, elimination of artificial breeding sites (tires, kiddie pools, flower pots, bird baths) is especially important because they tend to be the only available breeding sites left and they disproportionately breed disease – carrying mosquitoes.

The Marion County Health Department confirmed earlier this month that mosquitoes carrying the West Nile virus were found in Warren and Perry townships.