Ohio’s Most West Nile Cases in Cuyahoga Cty.

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CLEVELAND — There has been a confirmed fatality of West Nile in Ohio, as the virus continues to spread across the state. 

The Ohio Department of Health has reported that a 76-year-old man from Hamilton County has died from West Nile.  Currently, Cuyahoga County leads the state with the most human cases of West Nile Virus. 

According to The Ohio Department of Health, 49 people in Ohio have been infected with the West Nile Virus so far this summer. That is more than twice as many cases compared to all of last year.  Cuyahoga County has reported 15 human cases. 

The percentage of mosquitoes testing positive for the West Nile Virus, so far this year, is higher than any year since 2002.  That year there were 31 deaths in Ohio. 

“Mosquitoes are looking for blood, so they can lay their eggs,” said John McLeod, Director of Environmental Public Health for the Cuyahoga County Board of Health.

He urges people not to ‘feed the mosquitoes,’ and to do whatever you can to prevent that, which includes not going out during the peak periods of dawn and around dusk. 

If you do, wear light-colored, long-sleeved clothing and mosquito repellent.

McLeod said the elderly and children are most susceptible to getting bit by mosquitoes. 

Another good tip is to get rid of any standing water outside, where mosquitoes are likely to gather. 

Human cases of West Nile have also been reported in Lorain, Stark and Richland counties in our area.

McLeod said now until the end of September is the peak time for West Nile mosquitoes and we won’t really get rid of them until the first frost.