Another Mosquito Pool Tests Positive For West Nile Virus

Parma resident tests positive for West Nile virus
Parma resident tests positive for West Nile virus

31 August, 2017

A human case of West Nile Virus has been confirmed in Parma, according to the Ohio Department of Health.

The Parma case marks the fourth in the state, the first of which was reported August 16 in Clermont County in southwestern Ohio.

Press release courtesy of the Eastern Ontario Health Unit.

"The actual times that these cases would have been bitten by the mosquito that transmitted the disease would have been as much as five weeks ago".

"The positive bird means that residents of Buffalo County need to be more cautious to prevent mosquito bites", April Loeffler, Health Officer said. Mosquitoes acquire the virus by feeding on infected birds.

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However, the health unit confirms the virus was found in mosquitoes located within a trap in Bradford West Gwillimbury.

The risk to humans generally runs July 1 through mid-October or until the first frost, Lynch said. People should minimize the time they spend outdoors at dusk and dawn, district officials said, and protect skin and indoor areas from mosquitoes.

Since the home addresses of the two residents diagnosed with West Nile Fever are not near each other, mosquito control spraying will not be immediately scheduled.

Public health officials have warned this could be a bad summer for West Nile virus.

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