Summit County mosquitoes test positive for West Nile Virus

Summit County mosquitoes test positive for West Nile Virus
West Nile Virus was detected in mosquitoes in Stow, Ohio (Source: Pexels)

STOW, Ohio (WOIO) - The Summit County Health Department announced Tuesday that mosquitoes in the city of Stow tested positive for West Nile Virus.

The discovery comes after mosquito traps were placed on Friar Road and Whit Avenue on Aug. 2, according to Stow Police.

The health department said it is “not uncommon for mosquito traps to test positive for the virus.”

The Summit County Health Department said most people who become infected with West Nile virus do not have any symptoms but one-in-five people will develop a fever with other symptoms including headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea or a rash.

Less than 1% of infected people develop a serious neurological illness, the health department said.

Summit County Public Health has shared these tips to avoid mosquito bites:

-Use repellents when you go outdoors

-Wear clothing treated with permethrin or another EPA-registered repellent

-Take extra care to use repellents from dusk to dawn

-Wear light-colored clothing, long-sleeved shirts or jackets and long pants

-Avoid outdoor activities during peak mosquito biting hours

-Use mosquito netting when sleeping outdoors or in an unscreened structure

The Stow Police Department posted on its Facebook page that Whit Avenue will be sprayed on Aug. 14 and a one mile radius around Friar Road will be sprayed next week.

For a spray schedule and map of where the health department plans to spray, click here.

Contact Summit County Public Health Coordinator, Andrew Deikun at 330-926-5637 for questions.

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