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Mosquitoes Carrying West Nile Virus Detected in Ross County


CHILLICOTHE, OH. – The Ross County Health District has been noti ed by the Ohio Department of Health that mosquitoes tested om one of their traps was con rmed positive r carrying West Nile Virus. The trap was located at 261 Allen Avenue in Chillicothe and was sampled the week of June 11, 2018.

A bite om a mosquito carrying West Nile Virus can cause fever, aches,joint pain, diarrhea, vomiting, and rash; however, most – 8 out of IO people – will not develop any symptoms. SeriousillnessassociatedwithWestNileVirusisrare,butcanincludecentral nervous system disorders including encephalitis and/or meningitis. There is no vaccine or antiviral treatment r West Nile Virus, so the most effective way to avoid in ction is to prevent the mosquito bite. Use mosquito repellent as directed on the package. Avoid outdooractivitiesduringdusktodawnwhenmosquitoesaremostactive. Wearlong sleeves,longpants,andtuckclothingin. Reducemosquitobreedingsitesaroundyour home by removing sources of standing water, such as ower pots, buckets and barrels. Tum wading pools on their side when not in use. Change water in birdbaths and pet dishes equently. The Ross County Health District (RCHD) has the ability to treat stagnant water to prevent mosquitoes from reproducing . Concerned individuals can contact the RCHD at 740-775-1158 to schedule an on-site consultation.

See your healthcare provider if you experience any of the above mentioned symptoms. For more in rmation about West Nile Virus, visit these help l websites: https://www.cdc.gov/westnile/index.html https://www.odh.ohio.gov/en/odhprograms/bid/zdp/diseases/wnv