According to the Ohio Department of Health, the rainy weather came with a lot of disadvantages this year. One of them is the increased number of hungry mosquitoes flying around and waiting to attack people.
The Health Department warns us that they could also bring about a number of mosquito-related illnesses.
You might wonder how it is possible for these insects to be so numerous during rainy weather. Rain actually forms a lot of standing water, which mosquitoes just love because they usually breed there.
What is even more worrying, however, is the fact that health officials warn that mosquito pools from Licking, Franklin, Summit and Richland counties have recently tested positive for the dangerous West Nile Virus (WNV).
It was reported that an alarming number of 240 mosquito samples tested positive for West Nile virus, which is a bit more than the number of samples recorded last year around the same time.
Although the number of humans infected with the WNV is not usually very large, with only 11 cases reported last year, people still need to be on the lookout because the virus can be very dangerous.
According to the office manager for Colorado Mosquito Control in Garfield and Pitkin Counties, Steve Sheaffer, the authorities are planning to prevent the spread of the virus to avoid the contamination of the local population.
Unfortunately, the West Nile Virus has recently been found in other counties from Nebraska as well and a person has already been infected with it.
When a person has been infected, he or she might not exhibit any symptoms, but there have also been instances when people got really sick and even died after the poisonous mosquito bite.
However, people needn’t be alarmed just yet because the ordinary mosquitoes that we see every day during rainy weather are unlikely to carry the WNV.
The WNV is usually picked up by the insect once it has bit a bird that has previously been infected with it.
Experts say that there are a few things we can do to protect ourselves from being bitten by an infected mosquito. For instance, we can use insect repellent, place window screens to prevent them from coming into the house. We can also wear long-sleeved, loose and light-colored clothes.
We could also remove standing water around the house, especially if we have seen birds drinking or bathing in it.
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