Two Cases of West Nile Virus Reported in Cuyahoga County
One case involves Shaker Heights resident
Dateline: September 11, 2018 – The Cuyahoga County Board of Health (CCBH) reports a confirmed case of West Nile Virus (WNV) in a Shaker Heights resident. There have been two reported cases of West Nile Virus in Cuyahoga County this year and 17 in the state of Ohio.
CCBH encourages the public to take precautions to prevent being bitten by mosquitoes. These include:
- Utilizing insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin or lemon eucalyptus oil and follow label instructions;
- Disposing of containers that collect water (buckets, tires, cans, flower pots, etc.) and eliminating areas of standing water;
- Emptying and refilling bird baths at least once a week;
- Cleaning, draining and covering pools or hot tubs if not in use;
- Unclogging all gutters so they drain properly;
- Filling tree holes with tar or cement;
- Installing screens that fit tightly on all doors/windows of your home;
- Wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants when possible;
- Keeping children indoors during times of peak mosquito activity (one hour before and after sunrise/sunset).
Historically, there are more infected mosquitoes in late July and the season peaks in August/September. The CCBH reminds everyone to continue to use insect repellent to prevent mosquito bites. Symptoms of WNV include high fever, headaches, muscle aches, vomiting and loss of appetite. If symptoms persist two to 10 days after a mosquito bite, seek medical attention and advise your doctor of the prior exposure to biting mosquitoes.
Please contact CCBH to report areas of persistent standing water or heavy populations of biting mosquitoes at (216) 201-2000. For additional information please visit www.ccbh.net.
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