FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Black Hawk County Health Department
Ongoing mosquito surveillance efforts have indicated that Black Hawk County is currently experiencing increased levels of West Nile Virus within the adult mosquito population to levels where human transmission is likely.
Residents are encouraged to wear repellent and protective attire during outdoor activities and to take the necessary steps to prevent mosquito harborage on and around their property.
Residents should look for potential mosquito breeding reservoirs around the home and take the following preventative steps:
1. Remove or turn over containers, buckets, wheelbarrows, etc. that may accumulate water.
2.Dispose of any used tires to prevent water accumulation.
3.Change water in bird baths, wading pools etc. at least once a week.
4.Clean rain gutters and downspouts to prevent standing water.
5.Cover rain barrels and unchlorinated pools to prevent mosquito access.
It is Important to remain diligent when it comes to protecting yourself, your family and the community from West Nile and other mosquito borne illnesses. For more information go to the Black Hawk County Health Department website at bhcpublichealth.org or call 319-291-2413.