West Nile Virus Detected In Hamilton Co. Mosquitoes

by Antonio Miles August 9, 2017, 0:12
West Nile Virus Detected In Hamilton Co. Mosquitoes

This is the first time the Hamilton County Health Department has found West Nile virus this year, spokesman Mike Samet said, though it's been around OH since at least 2001.

The region has 21 mosquito traps for testing which dot every municipality, with higher concentrations in areas with larger populations such as St. Catharines, Niagara Falls and Welland.

A year ago there were 155 cases across the state.

In the meantime, officials urge people to take the following precautions to protect themselves from mosquito bites. A person bitten by an infected mosquito might show symptoms within 3 to 15 days. In 2016, there was one human case of West Nile Virus in Milford. For instance, in our area, Asian Tiger mosquitoes which are carriers for Zika virus primarily bite very aggressively during the day.

The positive samples were collected on Thursday from traps that had previously tested positive for West Nile Virus this year, according to a city news release.

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Make sure screens in windows and doors are tight-fitting to keep mosquitoes out.

Those who do become sick usually experience symptoms including fever, headache, muscle aches, rash and fatigue.

West Nile Virus was discovered for the first time in North America in 1999.

Residents are also advised to report to the health department dead birds and places where there is standing water. West Nile virus infections in humans have been reported from June through October; however, most reported becoming ill with West Nile virus in August and September.

West Nile season has arrived in McLean County.

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