Health agency says 2 Ohioans diagnosed with West Nile virus

FILE - This undated file photo from the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows an aedes aegypti mosquito on human skin. The popular push for locally-produced food has spawned flocks of backyard chickens in urban neighborhoods nationwide, but as these chickens grow in popularity, pests hitch rides on them and end up biting the family dogs and cats. (AP Photo/U.S. Department of Agriculture, File)
FILE - This undated file photo from the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows an aedes aegypti mosquito on human skin. The popular push for locally-produced food has spawned flocks of backyard chickens in urban neighborhoods nationwide, but as these chickens grow in popularity, pests hitch rides on them and end up biting the family dogs and cats. (AP Photo/U.S. Department of Agriculture, File)

 

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Department of Health says two people recently diagnosed with West Nile virus are the first reported cases in the state this year.

The agency issued a statement Wednesday that says a 34-year-old man in Cuyahoga County was diagnosed with the virus after contracting a fever, and a 77-year-old Hamilton County man was diagnosed after it was discovered he had encephalitis, a swelling of the brain. The virus is primarily transmitted by infected mosquitoes.

The health department advises people to use mosquito repellant and to wear long pants, long-sleeved shirts, socks and shoes while outdoors from dusk to dawn. People should also eliminate standing water and empty bird baths and containers where mosquitoes might breed.

Ohio had 11 reported cases of West Nile virus last year.

 

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