Animas Valley mosquito samples test positive for West Nile virus

Mosquitoes with West Nile caught in Louisville

Mosquitoes caught a surveillance trap placed in one Louisville ZIP Code have tested positive for the West Nile Virus

SUMMIT COUNTY-The Summit County Health Department is notifying the public that mosquito traps set earlier this month have tested positive for the West Nile Virus.

Public health officials reported that an adult was infected and that the confirmation came through lab testing. "We encourage everyone to take the appropriate precautions to minimize the risk to exposure to West Nile virus through the bite of an infected mosquito", said Dr. Eileen de Villa, Toronto's Medical Officer of Health. People who are impacted most often develop mild symptoms including fevers and body aches, though the virus can occasionally cause severe disease or even death.

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Last year, there were 39 confirmed human cases of West Nile virus in Toronto. The first case in 2018 was reported on July 27. But the risk is elevated for older persons and people who live with compromised immune systems.

Use insect repellents when you go outdoors.

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Wear protective, light-coloured clothing, including long-sleeved shirts, long trousers, and socks; Use insect repellent containing DEET and follow the label directions; Stay indoors when mosquitoes are most active (dusk to dawn); Ensure all door and window screens are tight and free of any holes; Eliminate mosquito breeding sites by removing any standing water from your property.

Common sources of standing water include pools and rain barrels, Schaaf said.

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Ensuring that all door and window screens are tight and free of any holes.

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