August 13, 2010
LIMA — The Allen County Health Department has received two reports of suspected cases of La Crosse encephalitis (also known as California encephalitis). Both cases were reported in children, and both are recovering at home. La Crosse encephalitis is transmitted by mosquito bite.
The four diseases people can get from mosquitoes in Ohio include La Crosse encephalitis, St. Louis encephalitis, Eastern equine encephalitis and West Nile virus.
The most important steps to protect yourself are to avoid being bitten and to eliminate mosquito breeding grounds. The Heath Department recommends avoiding outdoor activities between dusk and dawn and eliminating such water-holding containers like unused flower pots and tin cans. Make sure roof gutters and pools are cleaned. Insect repellent is important.