Clermont Co. man has West Nile Virus

CLERMONT COUNTY, OH (FOX19) - The first human case of West Nile virus in Ohio for 2012 has occurred in Clermont County.

An 85-year-old male tested positive for the virus on Friday.

According to the Ohio Department of Health, this case is about a month earlier than last year and is attributed to the warmer, dryer weather.

The Clermont County Health District recommends you take the following steps to reduce mosquito exposure:

  • Wear long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, shoes, and socks if you are outdoors when mosquitoes are most active at dawn and dusk. Light colors are least attractive to mosquitoes.
  • Use insect repellent and follow the label directions.
  • Eliminate containers that hold water such as tires, cans, and unused flower pots.
  • Make sure all roof gutters are properly draining. Clean and chlorinate outdoor pools, saunas, and hot tubs and when not in use, drain water from pool covers.
  • Change water in bird baths weekly.