Ohio Department of Health Suggests People to Avoid Mosquito Bites

Ohio Department of Health Suggests People to Avoid Mosquito Bites

The Ohio Department of Health stated that flooding in the area due to heavy rainfall in June has led to increase in the mosquito population. Experts have suggested people to stay protected from the mosquitoes as some mosquito species carry harmful viruses and infection like West Nile virus.

According to the Ohio Department of Health, floodwater mosquitoes will become abundant in the area where pooling water was a factor. Flooding throughout the area at the end of June helped the mosquitoes thrive.

The department released a statement saying that although floodwater mosquitoes play a minimal role in human disease transmission, flooding condition can favor the breeding of other mosquito species as well.

On June 26, the Ohio Department of Health announced that Ohio has had five West Nile Virus positive mosquito samples so far this year. On the other hand the Indiana State Department of Health has also confirmed three cases of positive testing for West Nile Virus.

The Ohio department said, "This is more activity than we've seen at this time in some years, but still much lower than at this time in our outbreak years of 2002 and 2012".

Department experts suggested people to follow some below mentioned tips to avoid mosquito bites:

" Wear EPA-registered mosquito repellents whenever mosquitoes are present;
" Wear long, loose, light-colored clothing;
" Install or repair screens on windows and doors to keep mosquitoes outside.

The department has also suggested people to empty any standing water from flowerpots, gutters, buckets, or any other objects holding water, as standing water allows mosquito to breed.

So far, there have been no confirmed cases of people been affected with the West Nile virus this year. In 2014, there were 11 confirmed cases of West Nile virus in humans.