Season's first reported West Nile case in area

Season's first reported West Nile case in area

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - A Cincinnati resident has contracted the West Nile Virus, according to the Cincinnati Health Commissioner.

This is the first reported local human case in the area this year.

"This has been a wet summer for our region, which has created a busy season for mosquitoes," said Patrick Burke, Cincinnati Health Department Epidemiologist. "Cincinnati residents should remember to use insect repellants, such as DEET, when spending time outdoors and take extra caution during dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active."

Cincinnati Health Commissioner, Noble Maseru, says most people infected with the virus show no symptoms, and less than one percent develop serious, sometimes fatal neurological illness. Maseru says those who develop a fever, headache, muscle aches, vomiting and loss of appetite within 15 days of a mosquito bite should see a doctor.

A second case of the virus has been reported in Cuyahoga County, according to the Ohio Department of Health.

The Ohio Department of Health recommends these tips to prevent being infected by the virus:

•    Be aware of peak biting periods. (early morning and evening hours) 
•    Avoid infested areas such as tall grasses/weeds and shady areas. 
•    Wear light-colored, loose-fitting clothing, long-sleeved shirts, long pants or jackets. 
•    Use appropriate repellants for your skin, such as oil of lemon eucalyptus. The most effective repellents contain Deet, which should be listed in the ingredients. 
•    Equip/repair all doors and windows using 16-mesh screen.
•    Empty standing water from flowerpots, gutters, buckets, pool covers, pet water dishes, discarded tires and birdbaths.