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West Nile Virus confirmed in Parma resident

West Nile Virus confirmed in Parma resident

Officials say these are the first human cases in the region this year, but three mosquito pools in Guelph tested positive for West Nile and a bird was confirmed to have the virus in July.

It is not uncommon for infected mosquitoes and human cases to pop up this time of year, according to the Cuyahoga County Board of Health.

The virus causes flu-like symptoms in humans, but in rare cases, inflammation of the brain and spinal column can cause permanent disability or death.

Officials say people need to take precautions against mosquito bites, with the long Labor Day weekend coming up.

To protect yourself from the virus, it's recommended you wear light-coloured trousers and a long-sleeved shirt when outside. On August 24, 2017, the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) issued a health alert, expanding the area considered at risk for increased likelihood of local Zika transmission.

To protect yourself from West Nile virus, officials recommend wearing light-coloured trousers and a long-sleeved shirt when outside.

The majority of people (80 percent) who are infected with West Nile virus do not get sick.

Lynch said there have been cases of infected mosquitos on the west, east and south sides of town.


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