The Ohio Department of Health has identified the state's first two human cases of West Nile Virus this year -- one of them right here in Muskingum County.
A 24-year-old Muskingum County woman was hospitalized with Encephalitis. The other case involves a 78-year-old Cuyahoga County woman. If you've been outdoors in an area where mosquitoes could be prevalent, Epidemiologist Kristen Baker said there are certain symptoms to look out for.
This week Columbus health officials announced two pools of mosquitoes tested positive for West Nile virus.
Last year in Ohio only four cases of West Nile were reported. In fact 80 percent of those with West Nile never develop symptoms.
"The Health Department uses treatment methods the same whether we are in an outbreak or not," said Public Health Sanitarian Matt Hemmer. "We are able to ramp up our treatments if need be, but usually we attempt to cover the county in...
Mosquitos are a serious concern this year thanks to all the rain.
The Zanesville Muskingum County Health Department is reporting a large increase in the amount of calls to their offices for spraying help. Experts are telling residents they can reduce the amount of mosquitos around their homes by limiting their breeding grounds.
"What the individual can do, they can do several things. One they can check around their property and eliminate any conditions that may hold standing...
Another bi-product of the flooding will be mosquitoes. The bugs flock to flood pools because they are a good site for breeding.
"Mosquitoes are attracted to standing water because that is where they lay their eggs,” said Public Health Sanitation Specialist, Mike Hemmer. “Where their larva pupils stages are and that's where they are in a safe place, that they can grow and they can become adult mosquitoes."
Summer heat and moisture are two factors that bring out pesky mosquitoes.
The Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department typically starts spraying for mosquitoes in mid may and all the way through September. Luckily for this year, it has only sprayed 3 times, which is a slower summer start.
"So far this year it's been dry, so there haven't been too many complaints,”said mosquito intern, Levi Lamp. “But usually people just call in, give their address and their...
There's a confirmed case of LaCrosse Encephalitis in Muskingum County.
This disease is caused by a virus spread by infected mosquitoes. Muskingum County Health Department Sanitarian Matt Hemmer said symptoms of Lacrosse Encephalitis are fever, headache, nausea, vomiting and tiredness. He said the health department is trying to stop the spread of the disease.
"The action we're taking is to actually go out to the areas where exposure was possible to occur and...
If you're swatting bugs and scratching bites, that's because it's mosquito season again.
According to the Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department, recent heavy rain and flooding could increase mosquito populations. Public Health Sanitarian Matt Hemmer said there are different types of mosquitoes that are active in certain months.
"It's a very seasonal trend," said Hemmer. "Most of the breeds that we see early on in the spring are...