The Cuyahoga County Board of Health announced on Tuesday a Shaker Heights resident has contracted the West Nile virus.
Health officials said the Shaker Heights case is one of 17 that has been reported in the state since the beginning of 2018. Specifics regarding the case were not released.
CCBH is urging residents to take precautions to avoid mosquito bites. The health department released the following tips:
- Utilizing insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin or lemon eucalyptus oil and follow label instructions
- Disposing of containers that collect water (buckets, tires, cans, flower pots, etc.) and eliminating areas of standing water
- Emptying and refilling birdbaths at least once a week
- Cleaning, draining and covering pools or hot tubs if not in use
- Unclogging all gutters so they drain properly
- Filling tree holes with tar or cement
- Installing screens that fit tightly on all doors/windows of your home
- Wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants when possible
- Keeping children indoors during times of peak mosquito activity (one hour before and after sunrise/sunset)
Symptoms of West Nile virus include headaches, fever, muscle aches, vomiting and loss of appetite, according to CCBH. Anyone with symptoms that persist after receiving a mosquito bite is asked to seek medical attention.
CCBH also asks residents to report any areas of "persistent standing water or heavy populations of biting mosquitos" by calling 216-201-2000. More info can be found here.