Parma resident tests positive for West Nile Virus

Parma resident tests positive for West Nile Virus

PARMA, OH (WOIO) - The Ohio Department of Health said a Parma resident has a confirmed case of West Nile Virus.

Symptoms for West Nile Virus include high fiver, headaches, muscle aches, vomiting and loss of appetite for two to 15 days after a mosquito bite. Those who are concerned about having West Nile Virus or any of the mentioned symptoms should seek medical attention.

"It is not unusual for infected mosquitoes and human cases of West Nile Virus to be identified at this time of year. Infected mosquitoes have been trapped in several communities in Cuyahoga County and in at least 29 other Ohio counties," a press release from the Ohio Department of Health said. "The mosquito West Nile Virus infection rate is moderate this year and residents are urged to take precautions, especially with outdoor activities over the upcoming Labor Day weekend. Everyone should be using insect repellent to avoid mosquito bites."

GUIDELINES FOR PREVENTING MOSQUITO ACTIVITY AND REDUCING HUMAN EXPOSURE:

  • Clean, drain and cover pools or hot tubs if not in use
  • Dispose of containers that collect water such as buckets, scrap tires, cans, and flower pots
  • Eliminate areas of standing water
  • Empty and refill bird baths at least once a week
  • Fill tree holes with tar or cement
  • Keep children indoors during times of peak mosquito activity - one hour before and one hour after sunset
  • Repair leaky outdoor faucets that leave puddles
  • Tightly screen all openings of your home
  • Unclog all gutters and drains
  • Use insect repellent on both skin and clothing.  Repellents should contain DEET, picaridin or lemon eucalyptus oil for skin, and permethrin for clothing. Follow label directions
  • Wear light-colored clothing that covers arms and legs

Visit the Ohio Department of Health's website for more information.

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