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Mosquito-borne diseases

  • Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE)
  • La Crosse virus
  • St. Louis encephalitis virus
  • West Nile virus

Diseases spread by mosquitoes are a concern in Ohio each year.  Mosquito-borne diseases that may occur locally in Ohio include:

There are also several mosquito-borne diseases that Ohioans can acquire when traveling:

  • Zika virus
  • Japanese encephalitis
  • Malaria
  • Dengue fever
  • Yellow fever
  • Chikungunya

You can find more information on these and more at the CDC website:  https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/outdoor/mosquito-borne/default.html

Here are some tips to avoid mosquito bites:

  • If you are outdoors between dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active, be sure to wear long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, shoe and socks.
  • Wear light-colored clothing, which is less attractive to mosquitoes.
  • Use EPA-registered mosquito repellent and follow the label directions.
  • Install or repair screens on windows and doors to keep mosquitoes out of your home.

Here are some tips to eliminate mosquito breeding sites around your home:

  • Eliminate standing water.
  • Empty or remove water-holding containers, such as buckets, unused flower pots and bird baths.
  • Make sure all roof gutters are clean and draining properly.
  • Keep child wading pools empty and on their sides when not being used.

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