STOW — The city was notified by Summit County Public Health officials on Tuesday that mosquitoes recently caught in traps on Friar Road and Whit Avenue tested positive for West Nile Virus.
The mosquitoes were trapped on Aug. 2, according to Andrew Deikun, coordinator for Summit County Public Health.
Deikun said it is "not uncommon" for mosquitoes that are caught in traps to test positive for West Nile Virus.
Deikun said one of these areas (Whit Avenue) is scheduled to be sprayed on Wednesday, Aug.14. The county will be spraying a one mile radius around the other trap site (Friar Road) next week.
Most people who become infected with West Nile Virus do not have any symptoms, according to Deikun. About one in five people who become infected develop a fever with other symptoms such as headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea or rash. Less than 1% of infected people develop a serious neurologic illness, such as encephalitis or meningitis (inflammation of the brain or surrounding tissues).
Summit County Public Health recommends avoiding mosquitoes and mosquito bites by:
• using insect repellents when you go outdoors;
• applying repellents on exposed skin that are registered with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. EPA-registered insect repellents are proven safe and effective, even for pregnant and breastfeeding women;
• wearing clothing treated with permethrin or another EPA-registered repellent for extra protection;
• taking extra care to use repellents from dusk to dawn;
• wearing light-colored clothing, long-sleeved shirts or jackets and long pants to protect against mosquito bites;
• considering avoiding outdoor activities during peak mosquito biting hours; and
• using mosquito netting when sleeping outdoors or in an unscreened structure.
The county’s spraying schedule and maps can be found at: https://www.scph.org/pest-control/mosquito-spray-schedule