The Cuyahoga County Board of Health has learned that two local mosquito traps have been identified as testing positive for the West Nile Virus. According to the Ohio Department of Health, no human cases have been reported.
While this is not an unusual occurrence at this time of year, the Board of Health would like to issue these reminders regarding mosquito safety:
Prevent personal exposure to mosquitoes by using insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, or lemon eucalyptus oil and follow label directions.
People who experience symptoms commonly associated with West Nile Virus such as high fever, headaches, muscle aches, vomiting and loss of appetite within 2-15 days after a mosquito bite should contact a doctor.
Property owners should make sure there is no standing water in artificial containers (toys, buckets, tires, gutters, etc.) which can serve as a breeding ground for mosquitoes.
Please contact the Board of Health’s mosquito hotline with questions or concerns regarding standing water or adult biting mosquitoes at 216-201-2000. You may also visit us online at www.ccbh.net .