Over the last decade, the number of West Nile virus cases have ranged from a low of zero to a high of 441. Each year, the state continues to test around a quarter million mosquitoes to monitor the situation.
AKRON, Ohio - A mosquito carrying the West Nile Virus was caught Monday in Summit County, the city of Akron said.
The city said the insect was captured in Tallmadge near the Akron corporation line.
As a result of the discovery, the city is conducting a special mosquito spraying Monday night that will cover a one-mile radius of where the mosquito was found, including a small area in Goodyear Heights.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, four out of five people who are infected with WNV do not get sick. But the other 20 percent get seriously ill and show symptoms that include headache, high fever, neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness and paralysis. The CDC said it's estimated that approximately 1 in 150 people infected with the West Nile Virus will develop a more severe form of disease. The virus can infect humans, birds, mosquitoes, horses and some other mammals.
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