How to Protect Yourself Against Mosquitoes
CLEVELAND — A 48-year-old Cleveland man was in the hospital on Thursday recovering from the West Nile Virus.
It’s the first reported case of someone suffering from the virus in Cleveland so far this year and now the health department is stepping up its efforts to keep the public safe.
Last year, the Ohio Department of Health found 59 mosquito pools that were positive for the virus and so far this year a staggering 374 positive pools have been found.
The recent heat across northeast Ohio is actually contributing to the problem.
“Even though we are having less rain, not as much precipitation, the heat is actually what promotes, establishes a conducive environment for the growth and proliferation of the mosquito population,” said Karen Butler, the Cleveland Department of Health director.
The Health Department states the best way to avoid getting bitten by mosquitoes is to use insect repellant, wear long sleeves and pants and, most importantly, eliminate or avoid standing water from your property.