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West Nile Virus found in Licking County

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Mosquitoes collected in Suffolk have tested positive for West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis, according to the City of Suffolk.

The Health Department said the traps were set on June 21 and 22 of 2018 and today they found out about the results from the Ohio Department of Health Laboratory. The virus is most commonly spread to people by mosquito bites. "The virus is now active in our region and the risk of human illness is here".

Mosquitoes transmit the disease to humans by biting an infected bird, and then biting a human. "With planning and careful effort, West Nile infection can often be prevented", said Rick Dawson, Senior Manager of Surveillance and Investigation.

Clothing Can Help Reduce Mosquito Bites. It is usually older adults, those over 50 years old, who run a higher risk of getting a severe infection, with a high fever and flu-like symptoms.

■ Apply bug repellent when outside, but be mindful of using certain chemical ingredients like DEET on small children.

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Minimize time spent outdoors between dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.

■ Install or fix screens in your home so they are fit tightly. Owners should also speak with their veterinarian about mosquito repellents approved for use in animals and vaccinations to prevent WNV and EEE.

The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station is reporting higher-than-average numbers of ticks testing positive for Lyme disease and mosquitoes testing positive for West Nile virus in New Canaan.

A year ago six people were treated for West Nile virus originating in MA.

Three residents were diagnosed and hospitalized due to West Nile infections previous year.