Published: Friday, August 17, 2018 @ 9:23 AM
By: Breaking News Staff
— Recent mosquito samples in Clark County have tested positive for West Nile Virus, according to the Clark County Combined Health District.
The samples were collected in the Croft and Middle-Urbana roads area. Additional positive samples are still being found in western and southwestern Springfield, read the release.
Mosquito treatment will continue at night in the areas with positive samples, according to CCCHD.
The Eagle City Soccer Complex and Veterans Park will also be treated due to upcoming weekend events.
Control measures are subject to change based on weather conditions, according to the release.
The CCCHD will continue to inspect the affected areas and work with property owners to reduce mosquito-breeding areas, as well as reduce mosquito populations.
West Nile Virus is spread by infected mosquitoes and can cause severe fever, meningitis and encephalitis (inflammation of the brain).
Approximately 80 percent of the people infected with West Nile Virus do not show symptoms. Those who do develop symptoms typically do so between three to 14 days after they are bitten by an infected mosquito.
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Severe symptoms include high fever, headache, neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness, vision loss, numbness and paralysis.
Milder symptoms are nausea, headache, fever, body aches, vomiting and sometimes swollen lymph glands or skin rash.
Symptoms can last for a few days to several weeks.
Avoiding mosquito bites is the best way to prevent West Nile Virus.
Use EPA-approved repellents on exposed skin and wear long sleeve shirts and pants to avoid bites.
Prevent mosquito breeding sites by emptying or treating any standing water on your property. Also, make sure window screens are secure and don’t have any holes or rips.
For more information, contact the CCCHD at 937-390-5600 or visit www.ccchd.com.