Mosquitoes in Cuyahoga County test positive for West Nile virus; no human cases reported

CLEVELAND - Mosquitoes with West Nile virus have been found in Cuyahoga County but humans have not yet been affected.

The Cuyahoga County Board of Health said two local mosquito traps tested positive for West Nile virus. No human cases have been reported, according to the Ohio Department of Health.

Those health departments said this is not unusual at this time of year.

In a news release, the Board of Health stressed these reminders when it comes to 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.

Contact the Board of Health's mosquito hotline with questions or concerns about standing water or adult biting mosquitoes at 216-201-2000.  You may also can also visit their website at http://www.ccbh.net.

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