Deadly West Nile Virus Found In Some Northeast Ohio Counties - Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH

Deadly West Nile Virus Found In Some Northeast Ohio Counties

CLEVELAND – The Ohio Department of Health along with the Centers for Disease Control announced on Thursday that the deadly West Nile Virus has been found in six Ohio counties, including some in northeast Ohio, Action News reported.

Seven dead crows and one blue jay tested positive for the viral disease transmitted by mosquitoes.

No human cases have yet been found in the Buckeye State, according to the West Nile Workgroup.

The six counties where the new cases originated were: Cuyahoga, Lake, Franklin, Mahoning, Morrow and Ottawa counties.

Less than 1 percent of people bitten by an infected mosquito will become sick from the West Nile Virus.

If anyone finds a dead crow or blue jay, they should contact their local health department. Here are some suggestions that the ODH gives to protect yourself from the virus:

  • Avoid outdoor activities between dusk and dawn.
  • If you must be outside at those times, cover up.
  • Use mosquito repellent.
  • Remove all discarded tires from your property.
  • Drain water from pool covers.
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