Keep your hands off the mosquito traps, health department officials say

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We are now in the height of mosquito season.

The Ohio County Health Department is testing to see what kinds of mosquitoes we have, and what diseases they may be carrying.

So you may see mosquito traps outdoors in public places.

They may look like a blue cooler, a gray plastic tote or a white plastic lantern.

Already, health officials say, one of them has been stolen, and it’s important that they be left where they are.

“Please don’t touch them,” said Kathryn Moyer Mazur, a health department intern. “You can look to see what they are but please don’t touch them or take them. It’s really important. This is for the CDC. It will be reported to them. So it’s a major process that we’re doing and we really need these traps to get us and you safe from any kind of disease.”

So far, no diseases have been found among mosquitoes in Ohio County.

Traps are placed in three places–the Good Zoo, Greenwood Cemetery, and the Linsly School.

They say one batch in West Virginia has been found to be carrying the West Nile Virus–that was in Nicholas County.

None have yet been found to be carrying Zika.

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