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West Nile Virus Death in Lucas County

The Toledo-Lucas County Health Department (TLCHD) has confirmed its first human West Nile virus related death in Lucas County for 2019. A 68 year-old Lucas County man, passed away after being hospitalized with encephalitis. WNV continues to circulate in mosquitoes throughout Lucas County. However, the Sanitary District continues to spray or fog on a routine basis.

"Although we're getting closer to the end of summer, you still can be at risk of getting West Nile virus," said Eric Zgodzinski, Health Commissioner. "It's important for everyone to continue taking precautions such as wearing insect repellent and staying indoors between dusk and dawn."

The most effective way to prevent becoming infected with WNV is to follow the 3 R’s:

· Remove standing water around your home in pet bowls, flower pots, old tires, baby pools and toys and remove leaves and debris from gutters so water doesn’t accumulate. Pools of water allowed to stagnate for three or four days become breeding grounds for mosquitoes.

· Repel mosquitoes when outdoors between dusk and dawn by applying insect repellent with DEET and wear light, lose fitting clothing.

· Repair or replace torn screens on doors and windows

Most people infected with WNV have no symptoms of illness and never become ill. But illness can occur three to 15 days after an infected mosquito bite and cause symptoms of fever, headache and body aches. The disease can affect all ages, but people over the age of 50 and those with a chronic disease, such as heart disease or cancer, may be at increased risk for serious complications such as encephalitis or meningitis. For that reason, people who experience high fever, confusion, muscle weakness, severe headaches, or a stiff neck should see a doctor immediately.

For additional information, please visit http://www.cdc.gov/westnile/ or http://www.tasd-mosquitoes.org/sprayschedule.php.




Copyright © 2019 by [The Sojourner's Truth]. All rights reserved.
Revised: 10/03/19 14:14:49 -0400.

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