Spraying ensues after West Nile found in buzzing pests

Grant Boone
June 30, 2018

The Health Department said the traps were set on June 21 and 22 of 2018 and today they found out about the results from the Ohio Department of Health Laboratory. Risk for contracting the virus varies yearly based on precipitation, temperature and mosquito populations, among other factors.

A mosquito sample from Weymouth tested positive for the virus - the first in the state this year, according to the Department of Public Health. In the most severe cases (about 1 out of 150), people will develop a severe illness that can include high fever, headache, neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness, vision loss, numbness and paralysis. Mosquitoes become infected by biting infected birds.

Most people infected show no symptoms.

No human cases of EEE have been reported in Suffolk.

The best way to prevent mosquito-borne diseases such as WNV, or any other mosquito-borne illness, is to protect yourself from mosquito bites. For example, a yellow highlight over an area indicates reports of the West Nile virus. Also, stay indoors during the hours between dusk and dawn, they said.

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When outdoors, residents are advised to use repellents containing DEET, permethrin, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus.

Eliminating standing water where mosquitoes can breed, such as in buckets, flower pots, bird baths, toys or wading pools.

Insect repellent is on top of the CDC's prevention recommendations, as well as wearing long-sleeved shirts and trousers.

■ Install or fix screens in your home so they are fit tightly. Horse owners should keep horses in indoor stalls at night to reduce their risk of exposure to mosquitoes.

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