First human case of West Nile virus in OH for 2017 confirmed

First human case of West Nile virus in OH for 2017 confirmed

First human case of West Nile virus in OH for 2017 confirmed

The Ohio Department of Health said Wednesday that the 44-year-old Clermont County man did not require hospitalization and is recovering.

There have been 131 cases of people testing positive for West Nile virus in CT since 2000.

People most commonly get West Nile Virus when they are bitten by an infected mosquito. Of the nearly 600 people who tested positive for the Zika virus since 2015 in California, none were infected locally. About one in five people who are infected with the virus will develop symptoms such as fever, headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea or rash, the county Health Department said.

"We don't want people to be overly concerned but we want them to avoid mosquito bites", Lalonde said. The last reported human case in the area was in 2013.

Outdoor containers, such as swimming pools, birdbaths and flower pots, which may collect and hold water where mosquitoes can breed, should be emptied frequently. WNV is a viral disease affecting the central nervous system that can be transmitted to humans by mosquitoes. Of those, 88 people have been hospitalized for the illness and three have died.

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"Historically, August and September are the months when the majority of human cases occur and represent the greatest risk for acquiring West Nile virus infection", according to the experiment station's director, Theodore Andreadis.

Mosquitoes lay their eggs on standing water.

Both Strother and Infectious Disease Doctor Timothy Haman at CHRISTUS St. Patrick said don't panic, the best thing to do is learn what to expect if bitten and understand which symptoms are associated with the virus.

· Be sure door and window screens are tight-fitting and in good fix.

Wear long sleeves and trousers during peak mosquito hours, which are around dawn and dusk. Apply an EPA-registered insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, IR3535 or para-menthane-diol products per the manufacturer's instructions.

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