The Shaker Heights Health Department confirmed Tuesday that a resident has contracted the West Nile Virus.
The 54-year-old resident reported a fever, fatigue, nausea, a rash and muscle aches after being bitten by a mosquito, according to a city statement. The unnamed resident has not reported any neurological effects.
There are 695 WNV-positive mosquito pools as of Aug. 13, according to the Ohio Department of Health. The department said this summer’s prolonged heat is a main reason for the increase. In 2002, there were 299 WNV positive pools by the end of July.
“We want the residents of Shaker and all of Northeastern Ohio to be diligent in protecting themselves against mosquito bites,” Shaker Heights Health Director Dr. Scott Frank said.