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West Nile Virus detected in Summit County

About one in five of those who become infected come down with a fever, headache or body aches.

Summit County health officials report that mosquito traps caught bugs that tested positive for the West Nile Virus earlier this month in Stow. 

According to Summit County Public Health, it is not uncommon for mosquito traps to test positive for West Nile. Most patients who become infected with the virus don't develop symptoms.

About one in five come down with a fever, headache or body aches.  Less than 1 percent of infected people develop a serious neurologic illness, such as encephalitis or meningitis (inflammation of the brain or surrounding tissues).

To avoid getting bitten, health officials recomment to put on bug repellent, wear light-colored clothing along with long-sleeved shirts and pants.

Summit County Public Health says they plan to spray one of the affected areas in Stow at Whit Avenue on Wednesday. They will then spray a one-mile radius around the other trap site on Friar Road next week. Click here for more information about mosquito spraying in Summit County.