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ODH Reports First Human West Nile Virus Death

COLUMBUS (News Talk 1480 WHBC) – The Ohio Department of Health is reporting the state’s first human West Nile virus case and death in 2019.

A 68 year old Lucas County man was the victim. The disease is transmitted by mosquito. It is most commonly passed along from the months of May through October when Mosquitoes are active.

A horse in Stark County was diagnosed with the West Nile Virus earlier this week. There are no medications or vaccines that can treat or prevent the disease.

The ODH reported 65 human West Nile virus cases in 2018, including six deaths. They encourage all Ohioans to take precautions to avoid Mosquito bites.


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