Frisco confirms first human case of West Nile virus this year

Posted August 09, 2017

This brings it up to 19 cases this year.

GALION, OH- The Ohio Department of Health and the Galion Health Commissioner confirmed the presence of West Nile Virus in a mosquito trap in Galion. With a "good deal" of summer remaining, people such take the proper precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

The positive samples were collected on Thursday from traps that had previously tested positive for West Nile Virus this year, according to a city news release. The virus' symptoms can appear 13 to 14 days after an infection.

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The city of Frisco reminds residents, and visitors alike, to proactively fight the bite after receiving confirmation that a Frisco resident has recovered from the Neuroinvasive form of West Nile virus.

The Health Department urges people to report dead birds, but not to touch them. Culex species mosquitoes which are carriers of West Nile virus bite primarily from dusk through dawn.

Use air conditioning: Make sure doors and windows are screened - and those screens are intact. Those who do become ill usually experience mild symptoms such as fever, headache, muscle ache, rash, and fatigue.

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West Nile Virus was discovered for the first time in North America in 1999.

People are most vulnerable to the West Nile Virus in August and September. Symptoms of more severe disease can include high fever, neck stiffness, disorientation, coma, tremors, seizures and paralysis. "West Nile was first identified in OH in 2001, so it's not new to our area, but we like to take the opportunity to remind everyone to take precautions".

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