DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) - The first human case of West Nile Virus has been recorded in Ohio.
The Ohio Department of Health says a 72 year old woman in Cuyahoga County is in the hospital for treatment of West Nile Virus meningitis.
"We've seen human cases of West Nile virus each year in Ohio since 2002, but it is encouraging that our counts are down compared to where we were a year ago," said ODH Director Ted Wymyslo, M.D. "Ohioans are doing their part to avoid mosquito bites and we continue to work with local health departments around the state to monitor West Nile Virus activity."
The ODH does share testing results and mosquito surveillance information online.
Local health departments tell 2 NEWS there have yet to be any reports of people contracting the virus, but Montgomery County has recorded mosquitos that tested positive for West Nile at Wegerzyn Metropark.
Champaign, Clark, Darke, Warren and Greene counties are not testing this year.
Symptoms of West Nile include fever, headache, skin rashes and swollen lymph glands.
Local health officials say the best way to avoid mosquito bites is wear long sleeves and long pants to avoid skin exposure.
Use insect repellant.
Keep sitting water off of your property so that the mosquitos do not have a breeding ground.
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