Shaker Heights Resident Tests Positive for West Nile Virus

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SHAKER HEIGHTS, Ohio — The number of clinical cases of the West Nile Virus has increased to nine following the positive diagnosis of a Shaker Heights Resident.

The Shaker Heights Health Department confirmed a 54-year-old resident contracted the virus Tuesday. The resident was reportedly bitten by a mosquito and reported symptoms of a fever, fatigue, nausea, a rash and muscle aches–all of which ceased within a week of infection–and no neurological symptoms.

As of Monday, the Ohio Department of Health reports 695 mosquito pools testing positive for West Nile Virus, an increase from 2011. The ODH says the summer’s unusual heat is to blame for the increase.

The ODH says as a precaution, cover as much skin as possible while outside during dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active. Also, light colored clothing is least attractive to mosquitoes.

The department also recommends discarding water-holding containers, such as tires, from your property, as well as any standing water.

 For more information regarding the West Nile virus, visit West Nile Virus Facts.