West Nile virus affects community

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The first human West Nile virus case for 2018 has been confirmed by the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department.

One Gainesville resident said he will be more careful when going out, Manuel Guerrero said, "I do have kids, and I get eaten alive by mosquito's if there's any mosquito's within the area and so are my kids, so yeah that's something to be anxious about".

The department said the occasional dip in day and evening temperatures hasn't removed the risk of contracting West Nile virus.

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WNV was first isolated in the West Nile District of Uganda in 1937. The Indiana Department of Health keeps track of all mosquito and human infections online.

West Nile virus has been detected in a variety of bird species. Most people recover completely, although fatigue and weakness can last for weeks or months. Most people who test positive will either have no symptoms but some cases can be severe. A few individuals will have a more severe form of the disease.

Use an insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, or IR3535 on exposed skin and clothing when going outdoors, particularly between dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are more likely to bite.

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People with West Nile show flu-like symptoms, such as fatique and fever, and they usually appear within a week after a person has been bitten by an infected mosquito.

Five people were diagnosed with West Nile in August, and five were hospitalized in September.

DRAIN standing water in and around your home and neighborhood. Drainage holes that are located on the container sides collect enough water for mosquitoes to breed in. Do not overlook containers that have become overgrown by aquatic vegetation. Common breeding sites include old tires, flowerpots and clogged rain gutters.

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"But about 30 percent of horses will go down and then start hurting themselves because they are trying to get up and their muscles won't work correctly, their brain doesn't work correctly, so we end up euthanizing about 30 percent of horses", she said. Empty plastic swimming pools when not in use.

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