The main concern at this point is making sure a mosquito doesn’t pick up the virus, Patterson said. His office is working with the patient to keep him or her quarantined. Health workers canvassed the neighborhood Saturday to speak to neighbors about keeping down the mosquito population.
Neighbors in the Willow Chase neighborhood are following authorities’ advice to stay calm and take precautions.
“I don’t think we are at prime risk for it,” said neighbor Kara Dibert. “(We) just use the usual spray, like the off spray at night if we are outside on the deck.”
Working with the Ohio Department of Health, Patterson’s office is trapping mosquitoes and may consider spraying if the type of mosquito that carries Zika is found.
Patterson said this is the first suspected case of Zika in Clark County and the third in Ohio this year. There were 95 last year, he said, 94 of which were contracted overseas and one was transmitted through sexual contact. None were contracted from infected mosquitoes.
Zika virus symptoms include fever, rash, joint pain and red eyes. The virus is typically mild and goes away within a week, according to the health district.
Reporter Caroline Reinwald contributed to this report.
Zika prevention tips
Wear light-colored clothes with long sleeves and pants
Use mosquito repellant
Remove standing water
Practice safe sex
Avoid travel to Zika-infected areas
Source: Clark County Combined Health District