First case of human West Nile Virus (WNS) recorded in Lucas County in 2017

A 41-year old woman has been confirmed to have the West Nile virus, making it the first human case of the virus in Toledo-Lucas County Health Department (TLCHD). The patient was admitted and is receiving treatment presently. Last year, Lucas County recorded no human case of the West Nile Virus, better than 2015 when there were five human cases of the virus. Mosquitoes are the major vectors of the WNS in Lucas County.

Health Experts take on the WNS

Eric Zgodzinski, the Health Commissioner, said the County is getting nearer to summer, and that doesn’t mean West Nile Virus is far. However, it’s right for everyone to keep taking preventive measures like putting on insect repellent. He added that the most efficient means of preventing the infection is by abiding by the 3R’s.

The 3R’s

  • Remove stagnant water around your house in flower pots, pet bowls, toys, old tires, baby pools and remove debris and leaves from gutters to avoid water stagnancy. Pools of water that are left stagnant for three to four days turn into a breeding home for mosquitoes.
  • Repel mosquitoes with loose fitting clothing, and applying insect repellent between dusk and dawn.
  • Replace or Repair torn screens on windows and doors.

Many people with the WNV do not show symptoms or fall ill. The disease may come 3-15 days after a bite by an infected mosquito and can cause a headache, fever and body aches. WNV can affect people of all ages, but those above the age of 50, and are living with chronic disease are prone to serious complications like meningitis and encephalitis. For such reasons, people who have muscle weakness, high fever, stiff neck, inability to focus should opt to see a doctor as soon as possible.