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Ohio state researchers may have come up with an effective Zika vaccine. Symptoms from the primarily mosquito-borne disease are often mild, but the virus can lead to birth defects when it’s contracted by pregnant mothers.

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The Ohio EPA is distributing nearly $1 million to 35 counties to battle mosquitoes and the diseases they carry. 

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Columbus Public Health officials are urging residents to eliminate any standing water on their property.  The warning follows the discovery of mosquitoes that tested positive for West Nile Virus in the city’s Clintonville and Northland areas.  Department spokesman Jose Rodriguez says mosquito control efforts will continue.

“We have anti-mosquito efforts going all throughout the season.  So this coming week we will be spraying to help eliminate mosquitoes specifically in those two regions,” Rodriguez said.