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Ohio Reports Two Human West Nile Virus Cases

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Two teenagers are now recovering after they tested positive for WNV. According to the Ohio Department of Health the number of positive west nile virus mosquito pools has increased dramatically from 52 to 450 during August.

| September 2, 2011

DAYTON, Ohio - Ohio has its first 2 human cases of West Nile virus this year.

Both patients are teenagers who are now recovering.

Bill Wharton Public Health Dayton & Montgomery County says, "The fact that we are getting human cases means West Nile is still in our community."

Agencies trap and test mosquitoes for west nile and the number of insects infected is rising.

According to the Ohio Department of Health the number of positive west nile virus mosquito pools has increased dramatically from 52 to 450 during August.

Wharton says, "We know we have a higher percentage of mosquitoes so your risk goes up of getting west nile goes up b/c there is more mosquitoes with the virus."

Source: WDTN

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