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Elderly Cleveland man latest to be sickened with West Nile

The Health Department has confirmed another human case of the West Nile Virus.

A 71-year-old Cleveland man is the latest to be sickened. A 19-year-old Cleveland-area girl was previously hospitalized in Cuyahoga County, and another Ohio teen was so bit by an infected mosquito in Putnam County.

Inspectors from the Health Department will be on the city's east side today to pour poison into catch basins so the larva doesn't hatch.

The number of WNV-positive mosquito pools in the State of Ohio increased from 52 to 450 during the month of August.

To avoid possible infection from 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.
  • Light colors are least attractive to mosquitoes. Use insect repellent and follow the label directions.

To eliminate mosquito breeding sites near your home:

  • Remove all discarded tires and other water-holding containers, such as tin cans and unused flower pots, from your property.
  • Eliminate standing water from your property.
  • Make sure all roof gutters are clean and properly draining. Clean and chlorinate pools, outdoor saunas and hot tubs. Keep them empty when not in use and drain water from pool covers.
  • Change water in bird baths weekly.

West Nile Virus can have no symptoms, or can lead to West Nile fever or severe West Nile disease.

  • Most people (about 4 out of 5) who are infected with West Nile virus will not develop any type of illness. However, you cannot know ahead of time if you'll get sick or not when infected.
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that about 20 percent of people who become infected with WNV will develop West Nile fever. Symptoms include fever, headache, tiredness, and body aches, occasionally with a skin rash and swollen lymph glands. While the illness can be as short as a few days, even healthy people have reported being sick for several weeks.

CDC estimates that approximately 1 in 150 persons infected with WNV will develop a more severe form of disease such as West Nile encephalitis or meningitis or West Nile poliomyelitis:

  • Severe symptoms include headache, high fever, neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness and paralysis.
  • Serious illness can occur in people of any age, however people over age 50 and some immunocompromised persons (for example, transplant patients) are at the highest risk for getting severely ill when infected with WNV.

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