Continued Clark County Mosquito Trapping Reveals Additional West Nile Virus in the Area
Clark County, Ohio – The Clark County Combined Health District (CCCHD) has continued to trap mosquitos throughout the county and submit those samples to the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) as part of our Vector-Borne Disease program. A second sample has tested positive for West Nile Virus. The sample was collected in South Charleston.
- Serious symptoms in a few people. About one in 150 people infected with WNV will develop severe illness. The severe symptoms can include high fever, headache, neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness, vision loss, numbness and paralysis. These symptoms may last several weeks, and neurological effects may be permanent.
- Milder symptoms in some people. Up to 20 percent of people who become infected will have symptoms that can include fever, headache, body aches, nausea, vomiting and sometimes swollen lymph glands or a skin rash on the chest, stomach and back. Symptoms can last for a few days to as long as several weeks.
- Apply repellents on exposed skin registered with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
- Wear long sleeves and pants or consider staying indoors as much as possible.
- If traveling, check ahead of time for travel advisories, and plan accordingly.
- Have EPA approved mosquito repellent and longs pants and shirts available to avoid bites.
- Do outside activities at times when mosquito activity is less.
- Get rid of mosquito breeding sites by emptying or treating any standing water on your property (even small amounts of standing water can be a breeding site for mosquitos).
- Make sure screens on windows and doors are free of holes or rips. You may also opt to utilize air conditioning instead of open windows if possible.
- Inspecting the affected area and working with property owners to reduce breeding sources by draining stagnant water or treating stagnant water with products containing Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis (Bti). Bti is safe for humans and pets.
- Distributing informational flyers in the affected area.
- Misting the affected area with Duet® to reduce the adult mosquito population when weather permits. While safe for humans and pets, residents who have a concern about misting may opt out by calling 937-390-5600 or emailing the request and their address to email@example.com.
- Continuing to monitor for West Nile Virus.