Published: Mon, July 30, 2018
Medicine | By Tracy Klein

West Nile Virus located in mosquitoes in Springfield Township

West Nile Virus located in mosquitoes in Springfield Township

The health department collects mosquito and dead bird samples throughout the community to test for the presence of West Nile.

"This is the first West Nile virus we've found in Lake County this year, and in most years, we continue to find West Nile virus into September".

Follow label instructions and always wear repellent when outdoors.

Avoid being outdoors from dusk to dawn, peak mosquito biting times, if possible.

There is no treatment for WNV infections - only severe infections require hospitalization.

Drain standing water in your backyard and neighborhood - old tires, flower pots, clogged rain gutters, etc.

The majority of people infected will show no symptoms, while a smaller number (around 20 percent) will experience fevers, headaches, body aches, nausea, and vomiting.

Clothing - Wear shoes, socks, and long trousers and long-sleeves.

Use a mosquito repellent (bug spray) containing DEET or Icaridin. To keep mosquitoes from entering a home, make sure window and door screens are in place and are in good condition. This type of protection may be necessary for people who must work in areas where mosquitoes are present. "As our program is responding with increased surveillance and control efforts throughout the area, residents are strongly encouraged to take appropriate measures to protect themselves from mosquito bites", said Rebecca Brandt, Bay County Mosquito Control Manager. This makes it important for residents to evaluate yards on a weekly basis and eliminate standing water.

Protect children sensitive to insect bites with repellent and cover exposed skin -- there are many preparations sold in drug stores and camping sections of local stores that are formulated for adults as well as children.

There have been no reports of people affected with the disease in the area.

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