Springdale, Ohio – The Springdale Health Department has issued a warning after mosquitoes in the Glenview subdivision tested positive for the West Nile Virus, a potentially dangerous disease. The tests were conducted in late June, revealing the presence of the virus in the local mosquito population. Although West Nile Virus usually causes mild flu-like symptoms in most cases, severe outcomes such as brain swelling or paralysis can occur. Health officials urge residents to take precautions to reduce their risk of exposure to infected mosquitoes.

According to the Springdale Health Department, the mosquitoes were collected from the southwest quadrant of the community. These insects can transmit the West Nile Virus to humans through a bite, with most individuals experiencing no symptoms or only mild reactions. However, in rare instances, the virus can lead to severe illnesses, including paralysis, brain swelling, coma, and even death. Certain groups, such as senior citizens and those with weakened immune systems, are at a higher risk of developing severe symptoms.

To protect against the West Nile Virus, residents are advised to eliminate sources of standing water, where mosquitoes breed, including buckets, tires, and bird baths. Additionally, applying mosquito dunks to stagnant water bodies can prevent mosquito larvae from developing. Health officials recommend taking measures to prevent mosquitoes from entering homes, such as repairing window screens and keeping doors closed. Using EPA-approved insect repellent, covering exposed skin, and wearing appropriate clothing when outdoors can also reduce the risk of mosquito bites.

For individuals camping or sleeping outside, using a screened tent and dressing in clothing that covers arms and legs can provide added protection. Parents are encouraged to cover strollers and baby carriers with mosquito netting and avoid using repellent on infants under two months old. It is essential to follow safety guidelines when applying repellent to children’s skin to avoid direct contact with their faces. For more information and assistance on preventing West Nile Virus, residents can visit the Springdale Health Department’s website.

Taking proactive steps to reduce contact with mosquitoes can help prevent the spread of the West Nile Virus and safeguard the health of the community. By following the recommended precautions and staying informed about the virus, residents can protect themselves and their families from potential exposure. It is crucial to stay vigilant and proactive in addressing mosquito-borne illnesses to ensure a safe and healthy environment for all.