The disease that is passed from squirrels to mosquitos

The disease known as encephalitis has been detected in an Ohio county last month. The disease is typically found in those under the age of 16. It is often contracted via a mosquito bite after the mosquito has fed off of other mammals. The most common host for these mosquitos are squirrels, such as the gray squirrel or fox squirrels. The county issued signs and symptoms that residents should be on the look out for and tips on how to reduce their risk.

One Ohio family go a little surprise a few weeks ago. A squirrel had crawled into their chimney and had become encased in the fireplace behind the glass screen. The family shared a video of the removing the little invader and it went viral. Squirrels are a common occurrence in places like fireplaces where they can easily crawl in from the outside to escape the weather.

For information on squirrel removal, visit Critter Detective.

Ohio Department of Health confirms first case of encephalitis since 2014

The Ohio Department of Health has notified the Lake County General Health District that a resident in that county has a confirmed case of La Crosse encephalitis.

La Crosse encephalitis is a viral disease spread to people by the bite of an infected Aedes triseriatus (Eastern tree hole) mosquito. Tree hole mosquitoes are generally found in woodland/forested environments, including suburban areas, and are rare in open areas. The females most often feed on the blood of mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians. Main hosts for this mosquito are the eastern chipmunk, the gray squirrel, and fox squirrels. Read more

Summary: The disease known as encephalitis has been detected in an Ohio county last month. The disease is typically found in those under the age of 16. It is often contracted via a mosquito bite after the mosquito has fed off of other mammals.

Video shows couple trying to get squirrel out of their Canton home

Haylie Ferguson and her husband, Mitch, were watching television in their living room on Friday when she says she started hearing noises from her fireplace.

“I just heard a band against the glass and I thought it was a bird,” she said.

Upon further inspection, they found a squirrel had made its way in through their chimney and was now encased in the fireplace behind the glass screen. See more

Summary: A squirrel had crawled into an Ohio family’s chimney and had become encased in the fireplace behind the glass screen. The family shared a video of the removing the little invader and it went viral.

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