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The first human case of the West Nile virus was reported in 2018 in Hamilton County



Hamilton County reports 2018 the first human case of West Nile virus in the county.

Health officials said the case was a 63-year-old man living in Lockland.

West Nile virus is a central nervous system disorder that can be transmitted to humans by mosquitoes, according to health authorities.

About 80 percent of people infected with West Nile virus show no symptoms at all, but there is no way to know in advance whether or not they are developing a disease.

Health officials said it was important to note that most people bitten by an infected mosquito never get sick. However, they advise everyone to be aware of the symptoms of the virus.

Those who develop symptoms typically do so between two and 1

4 days after being bitten by an infected mosquito.

Up to 20 percent of people who get infected have symptoms that can last from several days to several weeks, including fever, body aches, nausea, vomiting, swollen lymph nodes and a rash on the chest, abdomen or back.

Symptoms can last for as short as a few days even though healthy people were sick or several weeks.

About one in 150 people infected with the West Nile virus will develop serious illnesses.

West Nile virus was found in several districts of the district in mosquitoes, according to Hamilton County Health Commissioner Tim Ingram.

"Because humans only become infected when bitten by an infected mosquito, it is important to take steps to protect us and our property from mosquitoes," said Ingram.

The experts at Mosquito Joe said the first step in protecting your family is prevention: draining water that may be in your yard.

"Anything that can hold water can breed mosquitoes – it only needs one cap to grow about 200-300 of them – everything from children's toys to dripping spouts to garbage cans, clogged gutters," said Andrew Smith, Senior Technician at Mosquito Joe.

"When we spray, they present a barrier to them. In fact, mosquitoes can only jump about 10 to 15 feet at a time, so they have to land on a regular basis, so when we spray, they end up with something we've sprayed," said Smith.

Experts also said they should avoid going out at dawn or dusk and carrying bug spray.

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