Thursday, July 10, 2003

W. Nile back, tests confirm


Mosquitoes in Dent infected

By Tim Bonfield
The Cincinnati Enquirer

If the dead blue jay found in late June in Anderson Township wasn't convincing enough, health officials now confirm that mosquitoes buzzing around in Dent are carrying the West Nile virus.

Mosquitoes trapped on Nathaniel Glen Drive in Dent, in Green Township, have tested positive for the West Nile virus, the illness that struck 441 Ohio residents last summer and killed 31 - the nation's third-worst outbreak.

West Nile symptoms range from flu-like illness to life-threatening meningitis and encephalitis.

While the odds of being bitten by an infected mosquito remain low, even in Dent, health officials say residents would be wise to take precautions.

Steps include wearing mosquito repellent containing DEET, eliminating sources of standing water where mosquitoes can breed, and using "dunks" - doughnut-shaped biscuits of mosquito-larva killing chemical - in standing water that cannot be drained.

In Green Township, the confirmed presence of the virus in mosquitoes has prompted officials to begin canvassing a 2-mile area surrounding Nathaniel Glen Drive.

"We will be looking for areas of standing water, making sure swimming pools are operating properly and advising residents on precautions they can take to avoid mosquito bites," said Chris Eddy, director of environmental health for the Health District.

So far this year, West Nile virus has been detected in 28 states, including a confirmed human case in South Carolina, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Hamilton is one of five counties in Ohio where West Nile virus has been detected in birds, mosquitoes or horses. Three counties in Kentucky and six counties in Indiana - including Dearborn County - have reported West Nile virus activity this year.

E-mail tbonfield@enquirer.com




TOP STORIES
Census verifies city is shrinking
Americans try to find their place in the sun
Fresh storms renew Butler residents' fear of flooding
Weather change won't be quiet
Skateboarders' new roles: park advisers
Batesville soldier was eager to serve
Potpies fill late-night niche

IN THE TRISTATE
Photo of the day: "What, girl? Timmy's locked in the shed? Here, take this!"
W. Nile back, tests confirm
Earlier care of hearts studied
Parents haggle over Justin's visitation
Wyoming lures home fire chief
Tristate A.M. Report

ENQUIRER COLUMNISTS
SMITH AMOS: Norwood's growth swirls around reluctant couple
PULFER: A little fairy dust sprinkled on Over-the-Rhine
HOWARD: Some good news

BUTLER, WARREN, CLERMONT
Teen pleads guilty to rape charge
Vive la France at Montgomery party
Fairfield schools target loopholes in dress code
Warren Co. may take back tax break
Parks levy facing voters
Hooded sweat shirts OK at all Middletown schools
Grant to help youth stay clean
Tax opponent accuses official of intimidation
Monroe facing cuts even with tax increase

OBITUARIES
Ervin Stadler reveled in being accountant

OHIO
Flight festival stuck on taxiway
Pension council pushes audit
Ohio Moments

KENTUCKY
Two winners in $260 million Powerball
Fort Wright getting its park
Killing suspect ordered tested
Patton's ex-mistress indicted in U.S. court
Attack on show horses upsets tight-knit saddlebred industry
Kentucky obituaries
Kentucky News Briefs