MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Ohio (WDTN) – Two reported cases of human West Nile virus in Ohio. One patient is a 24-year-old woman from Muskingum County. The other patient who is still hospitalized, is a 76-year-old woman from Cuyahoga County.
In this area, local health departments have been doing the job trapping and identifying mosquitoes.
Most of Ohio’s health departments have been helped in the mosquito effort by this summer’s weather. Most of the Buckeye State has had wet, cooler weather this year and mosquitoes breed better in wet, consistently hot temperatures.
Bill Wharton, with Dayton-Montgomery County Health says to keep your property mosquito free, make sure there is no standing water, that includes uncovered pools, toys and bird baths. If that water stands more than seven days, you could have a makeshift breeding ground.
Also, to protect yourself, Wharton says, wear long sleeves and pants if you are outside between dawn and dusk. Wear light colors, which are least attractive to mosquitoes and use insect repellent.