1st West Nile Virus Positive Mosquito Pool Reported in Belmont County

BOARD OF HEALTH

BELMONT COUNTY GENERAL HEALTH DISTRICT

                  68501 Bannock Road • St. Clairsville, Ohio 43950 • Phone (740) 695-1202 • Fax (740) 695-8890

www.BelmontCountyHealth.com

 

PRESS RELEASE

DATE: August 07, 2018

TO: Media Outlets

RE: 1st West Nile Virus Positive Mosquito Pool Reported in Belmont County

Belmont County Health Department has received notification from the Ohio Department of Health that a mosquito pool in Belmont County has tested positive for West Nile Virus. The mosquito pool was collected in the area of North Market Street, St. Clairsville, Ohio of Belmont County on July 26, 2018. Belmont County Health Department has contacted local officials and provided them with mosquito protection information. There is no specific treatment for West Nile virus infection, and care is based on symptoms.

Approximately 80 percent of people who are infected with West Nile virus will not show any symptoms at all, but there is no way to know in advance if you will develop an illness or not.  Those who do develop symptoms usually do so between two to 14 days after they are bitten by the infected mosquito.

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Body aches
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Swollen lymph glands
  • Rash on chest, stomach or back

Ohio Department of Health’s field team conducts routine surveillance of mosquitoes in the county through trapping and submission to the Ohio Department of Health for West Nile testing. There have been no reported human cases of West Nile Virus in Belmont County this year.

Belmont County Health Department reminds community members to do the following to protect themselves from mosquito bites:

  • Remove standing water and water-holding containers from around your home and property
  • Limit outside activities during dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active
  • If outside when mosquitoes are active, use an insect repellant containing DEET
  • Wear loose, light-colored clothing while outside

Additionally, if you have areas on your property where standing water is an issue, you may treat standing water around homes with larvicide briquets that can be purchase at some retail outlets. These areas include standing water in rain barrels, bird baths, unused tires, gutters, and boat or pool covers.

More information about keeping yourself safe from mosquito bites can be found at CDC- MOSQUITO BITE PREVENTION.

Also, you may contact our office via phone with any questions or comments at 740-695-1202.