A 72-year-old female in Cuyahoga County is currently hospitalized with WNV meningitis.

“We’ve seen human cases of West Nile virus each year in Ohio since 2002 but it is encouraging that our counts are down compared to where we were a year ago,” said ODH Director Ted Wymyslo, M.D. “Ohioans are doing their part to avoid mosquito bites and we continue to work with local health departments around the state to monitor West Nile Virus activity.”

Prior to 2013, the ODH public health laboratory received federal funding to test mosquitoes for WNV.

Federal funding cuts forced a change in program and ODH is now working with several local health departments in different regions of the state to conduct mosquito surveillance and testing. These surveillance and test results are shared with ODH and are available online.

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