West Nile virus confirmed in Shaker Heights resident; 17th case in Ohio this year

West Nile virus confirmed in Shaker Heights resident; 17th case in Ohio this year

CUYAHOGA COUNTY, OH (WOIO) - The Cuyahoga County Board of Health says a Shaker Heights resident has tested positive for the West Nile virus.

The confirmed case in Shaker Heights is the second case of West Nile virus in Cuyahoga County this year and the 17th case in Ohio.

Health officials are urging the public to take precautions to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes:

  • Utilizing insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin or lemon eucalyptus oil and follow label instructions;
  • Disposing of containers that collect water (buckets, tires, cans, flower pots, etc.) and eliminating areas of standing water;
  • Emptying and refilling bird baths at least once a week;
  • Cleaning, draining and covering pools or hot tubs if not in use;
  • Unclogging all gutters so they drain properly;
  • Filling tree holes with tar or cement;
  • Installing screens that fit tightly on all doors/windows of your home;
  • Wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants when possible;
  • Keeping children indoors during times of peak mosquito activity (one hour before and after sunrise/sunset).

Mosquito activity tends to increase in late July and peaks in August and September.

Symptoms of West Nile virus include, high fever, headaches, muscle aches, vomiting, and even death.

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