Peak time is now for mosquitoes, West Nile Virus risk

Peak time is now for mosquitoes, West Nile Virus risk

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Summer is the peak time of year for mosquitoes, since they love the warmth, humidity and dampness of the season.

Higher temperatures, coupled with rain, are the best weather conditions in which mosquitoes can breed...and that can mean West Nile.

For mosquitoes, wetter is better, our rain can be both good and bad it can trigger mosquito blooms, but can also wash the stagnant water where they breed away.

Since they're susceptible to drying out, most mosquitoes spend sunny days in shady, humid locations.  In fact experts say we're seeing triple the number of the pesky bugs than normal.

A 77-year-old Hamilton County man is the first reported local human case of West Nile Virus according to the Ohio Department of Health.

According to the Northern Kentucky Health District, West Nile can be a serious threat to human and animal health. The most serious effect of West Nile is fatal encephalitis, which is an inflammation of the brain, in humans and horses.

West Nile also kills certain species of domestic and wild birds.

Symptoms of West Nile

  • Most often if you are exposed to the West Nile virus, you will not show any symptoms.
  • Symptoms of a mild infection: fever, headache, body aches, and swollen lymph glands.
  • Symptoms of a severe infection: high fever, severe headache, neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness, paralysis and coma.
  • Contact your health care provider if you have any of these symptoms. If severe symptoms develop, see your doctor immediately.

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