West Nile Virus Reported In McLean County

West Nile Virus Reported In McLean County

West Nile Virus Reported In McLean County

The Vector Control District plans to collect adult mosquitoes with traps in the area where the crow was discovered. The bite of this mosquito is very gentle and usually unnoticed by people.

When West Nile mosquitoes are found in Hamilton County, spraying will take place at sunset, covering an square mile area near the sampled area.

West Nile Virus typically causes mild to severe flu-like symptoms and in extreme cases can be fatal, particularly with the elderly whose immune systems are compromised. The virus is also potentially deadly in extreme cases. Empty bird baths, flower pots, buckets or barrels, etc.Remove old tires; eliminate standing water on flat roofs, clean gutters and downspouts; empty water from boats or tarps; keep children's wading pools empty and on their sides when not in use. The "dunks" kill mosquito larvae but are harmless to people and pets.

The agency also advises people to use insect repellent, fix and replace worn screens on doors and windows, and remove stagnant, shallow water or puddles on a weekly basis to prevent mosquitoes from breeding. Those who do get sick commonly experience fever, nausea, headache and body aches within 3 to 14 days of the bite.

People are most vulnerable to the West Nile Virus in August and September.

A total of 16 mosquitoes have tested positive for West Nile so far this season. "West Nile was first identified in OH in 2001, so it's not new to our area, but we like to take the opportunity to remind everyone to take precautions".

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