West Nile Outbreak

POSTED BY: News Department
Thursday, August 2, 2001 - 04:11 PM
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The heat isn't the only danger this summer- now there is another worry. The disease that has killed nine people since 1999 is in Ohio. The first case of West Nile Virus was found in Lake County Ohio yesterday in a dead blue jay. The disease is spread through birds nd mosquitos, and can be spread and fatal to people when they're bitten by an infected insect. There is a chance that the outbreak may travel here, and in case it does there are some things the health departmen recommends people do, as precautionary measures. For example, people should go outside only between dusk and dawn. If you have to go outside during these hours, wear long sleeves and pants, as well as shoes and socks. Light colors are less attractive to mosquitos, and repellents containing DEET are much more effective. The health department also recommends not allowing any standing water in your yard. For more information, call the health department at 454-9741. Or, get information from the department's website, www.wmchd.org.

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