Published: Sat, July 28, 2018
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Cass County Vector Control; assume West Nile virus widespread

Cass County Vector Control; assume West Nile virus widespread

The health district was notified Monday by the Ohio Department of Health that one of the mosquitoes tested from one of the local health district's traps was confirmed positive for carrying West Nile virus.

According to the Lake County General Health District, the resident is now under the care of a physician. The man was not hospitalized. Of those infected by West Nile, there is a whole spectrum of symptoms the individual could potentially take on and ranges from no symptoms at all to severe cases involving meningitis and encephalitis, she said. They first found mosquitos positive for West Nile back in June on the south end of Beaumont; Park and Saxe St. and Corley and 8th Street.

No human cases have been reported in the parish, but Bragg urges all residents to continue protecting themselves from being bitten. Residents should not be alarmed or panicked by this finding, but aware and vigilant in their personal efforts to discourage mosquito bites.

Clay County said its pest control services have resumed normal operations, which include testing samplings multiple times each week, inspecting potential breeding sites and spraying each night.

"If you follow the [MDH listed] guidelines for protection, you will be protecting yourself from both (Zika and West Nile)", Wadley said.

Symptoms: (Information from Austin Public Health) • Fever • Headache • Tiredness • Body aches • Skin rash (on the trunk of the body) • Swollen lymph glands. The disease can be fatal. There are no medications to treat or vaccines to prevent West Nile virus infection.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 80 percent of the people who become infected don't have symptoms, but some develop flu-like symptoms, which can last for weeks or even months.

West Nile Virus can be very serious for people with compromised immune systems, the elderly and the very young.

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