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West Nile Virus Reported In McLean County

West Nile Virus Reported In McLean County

Mosquitoes continue to test positive for West Nile virus, as the state's mosquito management program revealed that six mosquitoes - including those in Stamford, Greenwich and Stratford - tested positive for the disease between July 24 and July 31.

On August 7th, The Ohio Department of Health laboratory confirmed that the sample tested positive for WNV.

Municipal Mosquito has worked with the city since 2010 to set up traps and spray the area when positive results called for it. Eliminating mosquito habitats around your home can go a long way to reduce the mosquito population.

The health unit is reminding the public that the virus is mainly transmitted to people through the bite of an infected mosquito. The insects breed in standing water, so regularly tipping out wading pools, buckets, bird baths and outdoor pet bowls is one way to keep mosquitoes at bay.

The Department of Health Services has monitored the spread of West Nile virus since 2001 among wild birds, horses, mosquitoes and people. It is also recommended to use insect repellant as directed by the label, wear protective clothing at dawn and dusk, and fix window/door screens. Those who do become ill usually experience mild symptoms such as fever, headache, muscle ache, rash, and fatigue. Data also indicates that those with diabetes and/or hypertension are at greatest risk for serious illness.

Young children, adults older than 50, and people with compromised immune systems are said to be most vulnerable to contracting the West Nile Virus. Symptoms can last for as short as a few days, though even healthy people have been sick for several weeks.


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