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Delaware Co. Officials Warning Residents About Mosquito-Borne Virus

OSTRANDER, Ohio (Jen French/Ken Hines) -- Delaware County Health Department officials went door-to-door on Wednesday to notify residents of a mosquito-borne virus that may have hospitalized an area resident.

The information campaign was sparked by the possible contraction of La Crosse Encephalitis -- a potentially serious virus spread by the tree hole mosquito -- by an Ostrander resident.

Health officials have sent mosquito samples from the Ostrander area to the Centers for Disease Control for testing.

La Crosse Encephalitis symptoms typically appear five to 15 days after a person is bitten, and include vomiting, nausea, headache, fever, and fatigue.

In serious cases of the virus, seizures, coma, paralysis, and brain damage can occur. Fewer than 1 percent of people diagnosed die from the disease.

"I've never even heard of it. It's a little disturbing,” Ostrander resident Louis Liphart said of the virus.

Health experts advise residents to change standing water on their property multiple times each week to prevent the tree hole mosquito from breeding.

County workers will spray for mosquitoes in Ostrander on Thursday, August 1, from 9 p.m. to midnight, weather permitting.
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