Stories tagged with: mosquitoes

August 20, 2014 - 5:18pm
6 days 12 hours ago

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.

"West Nile Virus typically...

August 20, 2014 - 9:49am
6 days 13 hours ago

Muskingum County reported its first case of West Nile virus in a human this year.

The Ohio Department of Health said that a 24-year-old female has been hospitalized with Encephalitis. A 78-year-old Cuyahoga County female also is suffering from the virus.

Encephalitis is an inflammation of the brain that's caused when someone is bitten by an infected mosquito.

The Ohio Department of Health's Epidemiologist said that we could possibly see a growing number of human cases of...

July 21, 2014 - 1:31pm
5 weeks 1 day ago

Licking County is reporting its first signs of  West Nile virus in mosquitoes.

The Licking County Health Department reports that one pool of mosquitoes collected from traps on Valley Boulevard in the Village of Hanover has tested positive for West Nile virus.

Health Department Officials will be spraying the area Monday in addition to their regularly scheduled mosquito spraying.

Licking County Health Commissioner Joe Ebel says the wet spring and...

July 11, 2014 - 10:44am
6 weeks 4 days ago

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...

June 3, 2014 - 5:46pm
12 weeks 13 hours ago

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...

July 10, 2013 - 7:36pm
1 year 6 weeks ago

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."

With so much excess water, the Zanesville...

June 24, 2013 - 5:54pm
1 year 9 weeks ago

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...

May 24, 2012 - 5:31pm
2 years 13 weeks ago

Experts are predicting a bad season for outdoor bugs.

Mosquitoes in particular are expected to cause the most problems.

The flying insects can carry the west nile virus.

Matt Hemmer from the Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department is preparing for the busy season and said the mild winter is to blame for the spike in those pesky bugs.

"Because mosquitoes and other insects thrive in warm weather-- mosquitoes specifically, also in standing water, because of...

August 3, 2011 - 5:19pm
3 years 3 weeks ago

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...

July 27, 2011 - 7:17pm
3 years 4 weeks ago

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...

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