West Nile Confirmed in Two Ohioans

By: Rachele Mongiovi Email
By: Rachele Mongiovi Email

Ohio health officials confirm two women are hospitalized with the West Nile Virus.

It's the state's first human cases this year.

Both women are hospitilized with inflammation of the brain caused by an infected mosquito.

The state health department identified at least 120 positive West Nile Virus samples since mid-July.

We spoke to our regional epidemiologist who says the Mid-Ohio Valley is at a low risk for West Nile.

"In this area, our mosquito pools that were taken in Parkersburg are not positive for West Nile Virus. Historically, we have had West Nile Virus come up in our mosquito pools that were tested by the state by DHHR, but this year has actually been negative...so that indicates that the risk of mosquito's having West Nile Virus in our region this year are lower than normal, so that's good news," says Jessica Woods, regional epidemiologist at the Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department.

Officials recommend protective clothing, like long sleeves, pants, socks and using repellant, especially at dusk and dawn to prevent any mosquito bites.

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