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Hamilton Co. reports first case of West Nile

ANDERSON TOWNHIP, OH (FOX19) - The Hamilton County Health Department says mosquitoes recently trapped on Sunmount Drive in Anderson Township have tested positive for West Nile virus.

It's the first reported case in Hamilton County in 2009.

"It is important for residents to remember that we call all take action to eliminate mosquito breeding sites and take precautions to avoid mosquito bites," said Greg Kesterman, Director of Environmental Health. "Even though West Nile virus is present in our area, the chances of developing severe symptoms from West Nile virus remain small."

Hamilton County Public Health staff will be conducting surveillance activities on Sunmount Drive in Anderson Township where the mosquitoes were collected. They will be looking for areas of standing water, applying larvicide, making sure swimming pools are operating properly and advising residents on precautions they can take to avoid mosquito bites.

West Nile virus is a viral disease affecting the central nervous system that can be transmitted to humans by mosquitoes. Most people who are bitten by an infected mosquito will never become sick. However, symptoms may develop 3 to 14 days after someone is bitten by an infected mosquito. Symptoms include fever, headache, body aches, nausea, vomiting and sometimes swollen lymph glands or a skin rash on the chest, stomach and back.

For more information on West Nile Virus, please contact Hamilton County Public Health at (513) 946-7832 or visit us online at www.hamiltoncountyhealth.org.

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