The first case of West Nile Virus this year has been identified in a 72-year-old woman who lives in Cuyahoga County, according to the Ohio Department of Health.In response, state health officials have published some tips to to avoid possible infection from mosquito bites.
- If you are outdoors between dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active, be sure to wear long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, shoes and socks. Light colors are least attractive to mosquitoes.
- Use insect repellent and follow the label directions.
To eliminate mosquito breeding sites near your home:
- Eliminate standing water from your property.
- Remove all discarded tires and other water-holding containers, such as tin cans and unused flower pots, from your property.
- Make sure all roof gutters are clean and properly draining. Clean and chlorinate pools, outdoor saunas and hot tubs. Keep them empty when not in use and drain water from pool covers.
- Change water in bird baths weekly.