(KMOV) – Mosquito samples collected in St. Louis County have tested positive for West Nile Virus in several communities.
Positive samples of West Nile Virus have been found in Lemay, Mehlville, Richmond Heights, Clayton, Florissant, Hanley Hills and Manchester.
The St. Louis Department of Health has not received any human cases of West Nile Virus, but urges residents to take steps to reduce the opportunity for the mosquitoes to spread.
The department recommends residents drain water from objects that collect water such as garbage cans, buckets, flower pots and pet dishes. They also recommend you change the water in birdbaths at least once a week.
The St. Louis Department of Health also recommends keeping gutters clean and to repair any tears in screen windows or doors. Residents should wear long sleeves, long pants and light colors outdoors to protect themselves from the virus.
For more information on mosquito prevention, contact the County Vector Control office at 314-727-3097 or visit the St. Louis Health Department’s website.