West Nile virus found in mosquito pool near Mount Blanchard

A mosquito from a collection pool near Mount Blanchard tested positive for West Nile virus, the Ohio Department of Health informed Hancock Public Health.

This is the first positive test of the summer in Hancock County. There have been no human cases of West Nile virus in Ohio this year.

Symptoms and signs of West Nile include fever, headache, body aches, skin rash, and swollen lymph nodes. Severe symptoms and signs may include stiff neck, sleepiness, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, and paralysis.

Hancock Public Health recommends eliminating standing water, limiting outside activities during dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active, using insect repellent containing DEET and wearing loose, light-colored clothing.

The department offers free mosquito control kits to treat standing water.

See this story from July for more information on mosquitoes and disease transmission.


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