As summer warm weather begins to transition to cooler fall weather, the public will still venture outdoors to enjoy the nice weather during the morning and evening. The Cuyahoga County Board of Health encourages the public to take precautions to prevent being bitten by mosquitoes. These include:
Two human cases of West Nile Virus (WNV) has been reported to date in our health jurisdiction and seventeen human cases in Ohio. However, it is important to note that historically, we start to see more infected mosquitoes later in July and peaking in August/September. Now, is the time that insect repellent should be used to prevent mosquito bites. Symptoms of WNV include high fever, headaches, muscle aches, vomiting and loss of appetite. If symptoms persist two to 10 days after a mosquito bite, you should seek medical attention and advise your doctor of the prior exposure to biting mosquitoes.
Please contact the Board of Health to report areas of persistent standing water or heavy populations of biting mosquitoes at (216)201-2000. For additional information please visit their website at www.ccbh.net. Let’s all work together to help Fight the Bite!