SUMMIT COUNTY-The Summit County Health Department is notifying the public that mosquito traps set earlier this month have tested positive for the West Nile Virus.
A key way of preventing mosquito bites and the chance of West Nile Virus that can come with them is to wear mosquito repellant when you go outside, according to Krista Jenkins, director of Douglas County Mosquito Abatement.
The agency said in a news release Tuesday that the infected person is an adult and that the case was confirmed through laboratory testing.
While the risk of becoming infected remains low, wear light-coloured clothes and long trousers and sleeves.
"While West Nile positive mosquitoes are not unusual for this time of year, this indicates that West Nile infected mosquitoes are now present throughout our community". Public Health says the first human case of virus in the city previous year was reported on July 27. Symptoms include fever, headaches, body aches, fatigue and occasionally nausea.
In the latest of their weekly reports on the subject, KDHE upgraded every region of the state to high risk level for the virus.
In addition to wearing long sleeves and long trousers and using bug repellent, the CDC also recommends controlling mosquitoes inside and outside your home by putting screens on windows and doors and preventing mosquitoes from laying eggs in or near water.
It doesn't take much standing water for mosquitoes to breed.