August 30, 2011
COLUMBUS — The state has confirmed this year’s first two human cases of West Nile virus in Ohio, amid a sharp increase in mosquitoes found carrying West Nile.
The Ohio Department of Health said Tuesday that a 19-year-old woman has been hospitalized in Cuyahoga County with meningitis related to the potentially dangerous virus. Officials also said a 14-year-old boy in northwest Ohio’s Putnam County has been confirmed with a West Nile fever.
The department said in a statement that both teens are recovering.
Last year, the state recorded five cases of West Nile virus in humans.
The health department says it has found 450 pools of mosquitoes collected from traps that have tested positive for the virus so far this year, compared to 260 during all of 2010.