Village of Enon Ohio

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Message from the Clark County Health Dept.

Posted Aug 16, 2021

CCCHD recommends a three-part strategy to combat mosquitos: AVOID, PLAN, STOP:


AVOID
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PLAN:

STOP:

The last point is perhaps the most important. By eliminating potential mosquito habits on their properties, residents can most effectively reduce their level of risk of being bitten by a mosquito.


In response to the confirmed presence of West Nile Virus, CCCHD is:

West Nile Virus is most commonly spread by infected mosquitoes and can lead to severe fever, encephalitis (inflammation of the brain) or meningitis (inflammation of the lining of the brain and spinal cord.)

The primary vector in Ohio is the northern house mosquito, Culex pipiens. Mosquitoes become infected when they feed on infected birds. Infected mosquitoes can then spread the virus to humans and other animals when they bite.

Approximately 80 percent of people who are infected with WNV 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 develop symptoms usually do so between three to 14 days after they are bitten by the infected mosquito. There is no specific treatment for WNV infection, and care is based on symptoms.

About one in 150 people infected with WNV will develop severe illness. The severe symptoms can include high fever, headache, neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness, vision loss, numbness and paralysis. These symptoms may last several weeks, and neurological effects may be permanent.

Up to 20 percent of people who become infected will have symptoms that can include fever, headache, body aches, nausea, vomiting and sometimes swollen lymph glands or a skin rash on the chest, stomach and back. Symptoms can last for a few days or up to several weeks.


For more information contact me at 937-390-5600, Ext 247 or go to our website at www.ccchd.com.

Larry Shaffer, REHS

Director of Environmental Health

Clark County Combined Health District

529 East Home Road, Springfield, OH 45503

PH: 937-390-5600, Ext 247

Email: lshaffer@ccchd.com

Website: www.ccchd.com