First 2017 Ohio Death in a Human West Nile Virus Case Reported
Ohio Department of Health Urges Continued Precautions to Prevent Mosquito-Borne Diseases
COLUMBUS – Ohio’s first 2017 death in a human West Nile virus case has been reported by the Ohio Department of Health (ODH). The 74-year-old Defiance County man had been hospitalized with encephalitis.
The Ohio Department of Health is reporting a total of 10 human cases of West Nile virus across the state. Counties with at least one case include – Clark, Clermont, Cuyahoga, Defiance, Franklin, Greene, Hamilton (2), Logan and Summit. In recent years, Ohio reported 17 human West Nile Virus cases in 2016 including four deaths, 35 in 2015 including two deaths and 11 in 2014 including one death.
The primary way people get West Nile virus is through the bite of an 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).
“This time of the year, the risk of West Nile virus infection increases and individuals should take precautions to avoid mosquito bites and eliminate potential mosquito breeding sites,” said ODH State Epidemiologist and Bureau Chief of Infectious Diseases Sietske de Fijter. “Mosquito season in Ohio lasts until the first freeze which is not usually until mid-October.”
Here are some tips to avoid mosquito bites:
- If you are outdoors between dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active, be sure to wear long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, shoes and socks.
- Wear light-colored clothing, which is less attractive to mosquitoes.
- Use EPA-registered mosquito repellent and follow the label directions.
- Install or repair screens on windows and doors to keep mosquitoes out of your home.
- Here are some tips to eliminate mosquito breeding sites around your home:
- Eliminate standing water.
- Empty or remove water-holding containers, such as buckets, unused flower pots and bird baths.
- Make sure all roof gutters are clean and draining properly.
- Keep child wading pools empty and on their sides when not being used.
Learn more about mosquitoes and West Nile virus on the ODH website at www.odh.ohio.gov/wnv.
Three traps test positive for West Nile Virus
DELAWARE – The Delaware General Health District (DGHD) is informing residents in Harlem, Kingston and Scioto Townships as well as the village of Ostrander that mosquito fogging occurred on Wednesday Sept. 13 as a result of a mosquito collection traps testing positive for West Nile virus.
The Heath District’s Residential Services Unit fogged the following areas:
Harlem Township: North of Robins Road, south of Woodtown Road, west of Green Cook Road and east of Miller Paul Road.
Kingston Township: North of Wilson Road, south of Kilbourne Road, west of State Route 61 and east of Interstate 71.
Ostrander/Scioto Township: North of Mills Road, south Carr Road, west of Newhouse Road and east of Burnt Pond Road.
Delaware City, Genoa Township traps test positive for West Nile Virus
DGHD is informing residents in Genoa Township and the city of Delaware that mosquito fogging occurred Tuesday Sept. 19 as a result of collection traps testing positive for West Nile virus.
Weather permitting, the Health District’s Residential Services Unit fogged in the following areas:
Genoa: North of Hilmar Drive, south of Lewis Center Road, west of Hoover Reservoir and east of Worthington Road.
Delaware City: West of U.S. Highway 23.
Exact fogging zone is located on the mosquito page of DelawareHealth.org.
Updated fogging plans will be announced on DelawareHealth.org and on the Health District’s Facebook and Twitter pages.
Any resident who does not want their property sprayed is asked to call the Health District at 740-368-1700 and request to be placed on the no-fog list.
All residents are urged to protect themselves from mosquito bites. The most effective prevention is to dump standing water where mosquitoes breed. Make sure your property is free of stagnant water in flower pots, bird baths, tarps, gutters and other places where it can collect.
Avoid going outdoors in the morning and the evening when mosquitoes are most active. If you do go out, wear light-colored, long-sleeved clothing and apply mosquito repellent that contains DEET or Picaridin.
Information for this story was provided by the Ohio Dept. of Health and DGHD.