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Shaker Heights confirms human case of West Nile

7:40 PM, Aug 14, 2012   |    comments
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SHAKER HEIGHTS -- The Shaker Heights Health Department has confirmed a human case of West Nile Virus in a 54-year-old resident.

The case bring Ohio's total reported WNV clinical cases to nine.

The Shaker Heights resident is recovering.

The Ohio Department of Health reported 695 WNV positive mosquito pools as of August 13-an increase over 2011.
The summer's heat has contributed to an increase in the number of mosquitoes and virus acceleration.

Here are some tips to help avoid mosquito bites:

• If you are outdoors between dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active, be sure to wear long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, shoes and socks.
• Light colors are least attractive to mosquitoes.
• Use mosquito repellent when outdoors. Products with these ingredients should be used: DEET, Picaridin, Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus or PMD - the synthesized version of oil of lemon eucalyptus. Follow label directions.

To eliminate mosquito breeding sites near your home:

• Remove all discarded tires and other water-holding containers, such as tin cans and unused flowerpots, pet food and water dishes from your property.
• Eliminate standing water from your property.
• Make sure all roof gutters are clean and properly draining.
• Clean and chlorinate pools, outdoor saunas and hot tubs. Keep them empty when not in use, and drain water from pool covers.
• Change water in birdbaths weekly.



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