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Ohio's first human case of West Nile virus reported in Clermont Co

A Culex mosquito which is capable of transmitting West Nile Virus. (Source: Clermont County Public Health) A Culex mosquito which is capable of transmitting West Nile Virus. (Source: Clermont County Public Health)
CLERMONT COUNTY, OH (FOX19) -

The Ohio Department of Health reported the year's first human case of West Nile virus.

According to the ODH, a 44-year-old Clermont County man contracted the virus. He is recovering from mild illness, however, he did not require hospitalization. 

Clermont County Public Health is in the process of conducting an environmental assessment in the area to implement mosquito control.

West Nile Virus is found throughout the United States and can be contracted anywhere there is a mosquito carrying the virus.

The affected individual recently returned home to Clermont County after traveling out of state, according to Clermont County Public Health.

Most people infected do not show any signs of illness, but about 20 percent may show symptoms such as fever, headache, vomiting, or diarrhea. 

“Late summer is when WNV cases usually appear in Ohio”, said Health Commissioner Julianne Nesbit in a news release. “Our best advice is to protect yourself and your family from being bitten by wearing insect repellant, and eliminate any standing water in your yard where mosquitoes can lay eggs.”

In 2016, there were 17 human cases of West Nile Virus in Ohio, including two in Clermont County.

So far this year, 29 Ohio counties reported West Nile virus activity in mosquitoes. 

To avoid mosquito bites, you are encouraged to:

  • Use EPA registered insect repellent and follow the label directions.
  • Wear long sleeves or long pants and cover as much of your skin as possible when you are outside, especially between dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active.
  • Check your window and door screens to make sure there are no holes to allow mosquitoes in your home.
  • Eliminate standing water in your yard, where mosquitoes can breed.  

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