West Nile virus found in almost 20 towns in Delaware County

West Nile virus found in almost 20 towns in Delaware County

The state has reported Ohio's first human West Nile virus case this year.

An Ohio Department of Health spokesman said it's up to the Youngstown City Health District to determine the next steps for responding to a mosquito carrying the West Nile virus found on the East Side.

Most people infected with the virus show no symptoms of illness but some develop symptoms such as high fever and nausea.

Meanwhile, in Kendall County, three more mosquito batches were found infected in Yorkville on July 16.

Additionally, two mosquito samples recently submitted to the Department of State Health Services tested positive for West Nile.

"The mosquitoes that carry West Nile Virus will typically harbor in stagnant water", says Babbitt. Some may experience headache, body aches, vomiting, fatigue or weakness. He says just because West Nile Virus hasn't been detected where you live, doesn't mean it's not there.

Now through the middle of August has historically been the time of greatest risk of West Nile virus transmission to humans.

Keep grass cut short and shrubbery well trimmed around the house so adult mosquitoes can not hide there. In extreme cases, especially involving those 60 or older or who have previous medical conditions, the disease can cause brain inflammation, neck stiffness, seizures, coma and death.

The Berkshire Mosquito Control Project will continue its efforts to reduce the mosquito population in the area with the use of larvicide, according to Superintendent Chris Horton.

Use EPA-registered repellents according to label instructions.

The virus is spread through the bite of a mosquito that had been feeding on an infected bird. "We are encouraging Ohioans to take precautions to avoid mosquito bites, including by eliminating potential breeding sites around their homes, in order to prevent mosquito-borne diseases like West Nile virus".