ZANESVILLE, Ohio- The Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department confirmed that a 4-year-old Zanesville child was diagnosed with La Cross Encephalitis.
The child has been transported to Nationwide Children’s Hospital where they are in recovery from inflammation of the brain associated with the disease. Communicable Disease Nurse, Linda Barker, said the disease affects children worse than adults but most people who are infected show little to no symptoms.
“We see a couple cases maybe every couple years but usually most people will have had La Cross Encephalitis but not as serious symptoms that this child has or it could be asymptotic very much like Zika is asymptotic in a lot of people.”
The Health Department advises to empty out any standing water as it provides breeding grounds for mosquitoes as well as to use preventative measures if you plan to head outside.
“They have the citronella candles, the citronella plants and they are effective, they help some what but putting it directly in the skin helps more than anything an they have the bracelets as well of your kids are going to play outside.”
Residents can also request a spraying by calling the Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department at 740-454-9741 and using extension number 300.