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Summit County Health Department
Sunday, February 3, 2013
Friday, February 1, 2013
The medical director of Summit County Public Health said there have been anecdotal reports of the virus.
Although the flu is on everyone’s minds this season, the winter vomiting bug, or the norovirus, is making its rounds. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that the norovirus causes about 70,000 hospitalizations and 800 deaths each year, mostly in young children and the elderly. Some of the virus' common symptoms include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and stomach pains. The CDC points out that the norovirus is often referred to as the stomach flu, but it is unrelated to influenza. According to Dr. Marguerite Erme, Medical Director of Summit County Public Health, it is not required by law to report this virus to the county health board, but there have been several anecdotal accounts of the virus spreading through …
Monday, August 27, 2012
Seven traps were set in Stow recently and five had mosquitos infected with West Nile Virus, according to the Summit County Health Department.
Sunday, August 26, 2012
Out of seven traps set up in Stow, five had mosquitos that tested positive for West Nile Virus.
Bugged by the bugs? The Summit County Public Health Department is planning to help get rid of those pesky mosquitos by spraying on every residential street in Stow Monday after finding West Nile Virus in the city. Stow resident Andrew Deikun, the county's coordinator for the mosquito control program, said the county set up seven traps in Stow recently and out of those, five had mosquitos that tested positive for the West Nile Virus. "When we have that many that test positive, we spray the whole city," said Deikun. The spraying is expected to begin around 8:30 p.m. and continue through the evening until the county hits every street. The spray that is used targets adult mosquitos to kill them. The spray is safe, but if residents feel …
In Ohio, 41 cases have been reported ... none in Summit County — yet.
More cases of the West Nile virus have popped up this summer than any before it, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. The agency said it has received 1,118 West Nile virus cases so far — the most through the third week in August since the virus was first detected in the U.S. in 1999. One of those cases took place in Shaker Heights. The city's health department has not released the identity of the 54-year-old resident, but said that the individual is recovering and has not suffered any any neurological effects following a mosquito bite. Through Aug. 21, there have been 15 other cases reported in Ohio. Five cases have been reported in Cuyahoga County. Luckily, Summit County has been West Nile-free this summer, but that…
Friday, July 15, 2011
Experts see no end to disease; prevention is key.
You've probably heard television news reports that cases of West Nile- infected mosquitoes have shown up ahead of schedule in the Cleveland area. Does that make you fear hordes of disease-bearing mosquitoes are swarming south to Summit County? It probably shouldn't. The threat of West Nile Virus has drastically reduced in Summit County since 2001, when tests first revealed 57 pools of mosquitoes that carried the virus. (By the way, pools aren't pools of water, it's a testing measure we'll get back to later.) And statewide figures show no human cases of West Nile Virus have been found so far in 2011. According to the Summit County Health District finding them is the good news. "We really try hard to find (positive pools), said Terry …