Third batch of Clark County’s mosquitoes tested positive for West Nile Virus – WHIO TV 7 and WHIO Radio
CLARK COUNTY – A third batch of mosquitoes caught in Clark County tested positive for West Nile Virus, according to Clark County’s Combined Health District.
The last positive cases came from the Hampton area.
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“The sample was the third West Nile virus-positive mosquito sample reported last week after previously reported samples from the Catawba area and the northeast side of Springfield,” the health district said in a statement.
Miami and Greene counties said they had no positive batches, and Montgomery County is reviewing the data to see if there have been any positive cases, health officials said.
The West Nile virus is often transmitted by infected mosquitoes and can lead to high fever, encephalitis, or meningitis.
“The main vector in Ohio is the northern house mosquito, Culex pipiens. Mosquitoes become infected when they feed on infected birds, “Clark County officials said. “Infected mosquitoes can then transmit the virus to humans and other animals when they bite.”
About 80 percent of people who contract the virus will not show symptoms, but there is no way to know beforehand whether you would develop the disease, according to the health department.
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“Those who develop symptoms usually do so three to 14 days after being bitten by the infected mosquito. There is no specific treatment for WNV infection and treatment is based on symptoms, ”the health district said.
The health department said about one in 150 people infected with the virus will develop a serious illness. Severe symptoms include: high fever, headache, stiff neck, drowsiness, disorientation, coma, tremors, cramps, muscle weakness, loss of vision, numbness, and paralysis. Symptoms can last for several weeks and the neurological effects can be permanent.
The health district recommends applying mosquito repellant to exposed skin and wearing long sleeves and pants outside, or staying indoors as much as possible.
People can also clear mosquito breeding sites on their properties by draining or treating stagnant water. You can also make sure that screens and doors are free of holes or cracks.
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