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West Nile virus in Huron County

• Sep 8, 2017 at 5:14 PM

Huron County Public Health (HCPH) has received confirmation from the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) that a submitted mosquito sample from the Monroeville area has tested positive for West Nile virus.

HCPH is encouraging all Huron County residents to take precautions to avoid mosquito bites and eliminate their breeding grounds around their homes.

The primary way people get West Nile virus is through the bite of infected mosquito. Most people who become infected with West Nile virus do not have any symptoms.

About one in five people who become infected develop a fever with other symptoms such as headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea, or rash. Less than 1 percent of infected people develop a serious neurologic illness, such as encephalitis or meningitis (inflammation of the brain or surrounding tissues).

There are no medications to treat or vaccines to prevent West Nile virus infection.

Huron County residents can protect themselves from mosquito bites by:

• Wearing long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, shoes and socks.

• Use EPA-registered mosquito repellent, such as DEET, and follow the label directions

• Install or repair screens on windows and doors to keep mosquitoes out of homes

HCPH is offering free mosquito control kits to Huron County residents with standing water on their property.

Residents of Huron County can pick up a mosquito control kit at HCPH’s Environmental Division at 180 Milan Ave, Suite 8, Norwalk, OH 44857. Proof of residence in Huron County (for example, a utility bill or driver’s license) will be required. Individuals must have property with standing water that can’t be removed and agree to use the kit on their property only.

Kits will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis and will be limited to 1 pack per household.

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