West Nile Virus Detected in Clark County Mosquitoes – WHIO TV 7 and WHIO Radio
CLARK COUNTY – Mosquitos captured in the Catawba area of Clark County tested positive for West Nile Virus, according to the Clark County’s Combined Health District.
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.
“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 repellants 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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