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West Nile Virus found in Northfield Center

from Staff Reports Published: August 11, 2016 1:30 PM
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Northfield Center -— Area residents should be donning bug spray to keep mosquitoes at bay.

According to the Summit County Health Department, mosquitoes in a trap set on Schoepf Drive tested positive for West Nile Virus.

The trap was set on July 19 on Schoepf Drive off of West Twinsburg Road west of Route 8. Once the test was completed the health department sprayed a one-mile radius around the trap Aug. 2 and is spraying again today.

According to an email from Andrew Deikun, Program Coordinator, Division of Environmental Health, the county health department will also be sending technicians out to treat standing water in the area.

Deikun said it is not uncommon for mosquito traps to test positive for West Nile. He said most people who become infected with WNV do not have any symptoms and one in five who become infected develop a fever or other symptoms, such as headache, body aches, vomiting, diarrhea or a rash. Less than one percent develop serious neurologic  illness such as encephalitis or meningitis.

Briana Barker: 330-541-9432

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