Springdale issues West Nile virus advisory

The Springdale Health Department has issued a public health advisory regarding West Nile virus.

Matt Clayton, the city’s health commissioner, said the health department has found 18 West Nile virus-positive mosquito pools in Springdale this year. Clayton said those pools were found in several areas of the community including Chamberlain Park, Hilda Ross Park, the Glenview neighborhood and the Springdale Park neighborhood. 

Clayton said there have been two reported cases of people getting West Nile virus in Southwest Ohio, one in Clermont County, the other a Cincinnati woman. He said the Cincinnati woman is the daughter of a Springdale employee. She is in her mid-30s, otherwise healthy and required hospitalization for encephalitic symptoms, which can include seizures, coma and swelling of the brain. She is recovering.

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West Nile virus can be transmitted to humans through the bite of a West Nile virus-positive mosquito.

In about 80 percent of cases where a  person is bitten by a West Nile-positive mosquito, they will develop no symptoms or have a very minimal reaction, such as flu-like symptoms. In rare cases, West Nile virus can cause more serious illness including paralysis, swelling of the brain, coma, or in rare occasions, death. 

Senior citizens and those with a weakened immunity resulting from a pre-existing medical condition such as cancer or hypertension are at an increased risk for severe West Nile virus symptoms.  

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Limit risk with these tips:

• Drain sources of standing water at home including buckets, tires, and bird baths.

• Apply mosquito dunks to water bodies that cannot be immediately drained.

• Mosquito dunks, which release bacteria that kill mosquito larvae, are available at the Springdale Health Department Office for city residents or at area garden centers and home improvement stores.

• Repair window screens as needed to prevent mosquitoes from entering your home.

• Use EPA-approved insect repellent and reapply as directed.

• Cover exposed skin whenever possible.

• If you’re camping or sleeping outside, use a screened tent.

• Dress kids in clothing that covers arms and legs when weather permits.

• Cover strollers and baby carriers with mosquito netting.

• Do not use repellent on babies younger than 2 months old.

• Do not apply repellent directly to a child’s face. Spray onto your hands first.

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