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TRUMBULL CO. Virus found in 7 birds



Published: Sat, July 20, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



Very few people bitten by an infected mosquito will become seriously ill.

WARREN -- The Ohio Department of Health has notified the Trumbull County Health Department that seven of the 14 bird specimens sent for testing were found positive for West Nile virus.

Six blue jays from Bristol, Hubbard, Gustavus, Farmington, Howland and Warren and one crow from Bazetta tested positive.

The health department said the virus may be spread to people through a bite from an infected mosquito, not from contact with birds. West Nile is primarily a wild bird disease but can affect people.

In areas where it's been reported, less than 1 percent of the mosquitoes are infected, the health department said.

Less than 1 percent of the people bitten by an infected mosquito will become severely ill, according to the health department.

Because the virus has been detected in the county, no further blue jay or crow testing will be done by the state. People who find the dead birds may contact the health department at (330) 675-2489 and report the information.

Wearing light-colored clothing, long sleeves and pants, limiting outdoor activities in the evening and using insect repellent are some ways to ward off mosquitoes.

Repellent with more than 10 percent DEET shouldn't be used on children. Repellent should not be used on children younger than 3 and it should not be applied directly to children.

Elimination of standing water such as in old tires or containers, birdbaths, pool covers and gutters also is a way to help keep mosquitoes away.




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