Published: Thu, August 17, 2017
Medicine | By Megan Pierce

Mosquitoes with West Nile Virus found in Mahoning, Columbiana counties

Mosquitoes with West Nile Virus found in Mahoning, Columbiana counties

The pool which tested positive was collected August 7 and contained the species of mosquito that bite both birds and humans, health officials said.

The case is a 44-year-old man from Clermont County is recovering from the West Nile virus infection and did not require hospitalization.

Nearly half of the 22 people from Los Angeles County who tested positive for West Nile virus so far this year are from the San Fernando Valley, a hot spot where the disease appears to be spreading this season, according to public health and vector control officials.

"We monitor virus in insects and animals because it provides an indication that people are at risk of becoming infected", said Dr. Steve Schutz, the district's scientific programs manager.

The board of health trapped mosquitoes the Ohio Department of Health tested for West Nile.

No human cases of West Nile, or illnesses associated with the virus, have been reported in CT so far this season.

Wear shoes, socks, long trousers, and a long-sleeved shirt when outdoors for long periods of time, or when mosquitoes are more active. Less than 1 percent of infected people develop a serious neurologic illness, such as encephalitis or meningitis (inflammation of the brain or surrounding tissues). California serogroup viruses are also transmitted by mosquitoes and can cause fever, headache, nausea, vomiting, drowsiness and disorientation.

If you have any of these symptoms and have a history of recent mosquito bites, you should contact your doctor.

Wear long, light-colored clothing when outdoors for long periods of time, or when mosquitoes are more active.

Make sure all roof gutters are properly draining and clean. Stay indoors when mosquitoes are most active, typically dawn and dusk; use repellents containing DEET, Picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus; and drain standing water where mosquito larvae live until they become flying, biting adults.

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