WEST NILE VIRUS Ohio Has First Human Death From West Nile In 2012
Reported by: Jeff Morris
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Aug. 29, 2012 5:42 PM EDT
Updated: Aug. 29, 2012 5:51 PM EDT
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Ohio’s first human death in 2012 from the West Nile Virus was reported Wednesday by the Ohio Department of Health.
The 76-year-old man Hamilton County man was hospitalized with encephalitis, according to a news release from the department.
So far this year, Ohio has recorded 49 human cases of West Nile Virus and 960 positive mosquito samples. This time last year, the department only had recorded two human cases and 450 positive mosquito samples.
The median age of cases this year is 56. The youngest human case is age 4, while the oldest case is 87. The department said 31 counties have had humans, mosquitoes and/or horses test positive for West Nile Virus.
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