Richland Public Health Press Release

It has been brought to our attention by the Richland Public Health (RPH) Dept. that the trap found with a mosquito infected with West Nile Virus was located at the northeastern partoof the Village of Bellville Please take the time to read their press relase to ensure your safety. Contact Environmental Health at the Richland Public Health Dept 419-774-4500 with any questions you may have.

07/14/2017 Richland County, Ohio - Richland Public Health (RPH) Officials have been notified by the Ohio Department of Health that West Nile Virus (WNV) has been detected in mosquitoes in Jefferson Township. This is the second positive test for mosquitoes in Richland County. The positive sample came from one of the 76 mosquito trap locations set by RPH so far this season.

West Nile Fact Sheet

"To be clear, this is not a human infection case, but our second positive WNV mosquito sample this year." Joe Harrod, Director of RPH stated. "It is possible we will continue to have positive WNV infected mosquitoes in future tests. The important take away is that WNV is present in Richland County and residents should take appropriate precaustion.

Health Department Officials have already sprayed the WNV positive area to discourage transmittal of the mosquito-borne illness to residents.

WNV is a mosquito-borne virus where human symptoms are generally mild and oftten mimic the flu. In extreme cases, WNV can cuase Encephalitis (inflammation of the brain), Meningitis (inflammation of the lining of the brain and spinal cord), or death. Approximately 80 percent of people who are infected with the WNV will nto show any symptoms at all. Those who develop symptoms usually do so between three to 14 days after they are bitten by an infected mosquito. There is no speceific treatment for WNV infection and care is based on symptoms. the best way to prevent WNV is to prevent mosquito bites.

RPH's mosquito control program treats, sprays, and conducts surveillance throughout the season to monitor disease in mosquito populations throughout the county. Residents are encouraged to remove standing water and take precautions to protect themselves and loved ones from mosquito bites.

Preventing Mosquito Bites

Mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water, which includes puddles, stagnant ditches, and containers such as old tires, buckets, cans, neglected swimming pools and flower pots. Mosquitoes can carry diseases, including West Nile Virus, which can cause serious illness. It is important to apply mosquito repellent when participatin gin any outdoor activity when mosquitoes are active.

Richland Public Health recommends residents follow these tips to help avoid mosquito bites: