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West Nile virus cases in Greene, Miami counties prompt warnings

West Nile virus cases in Greene, Miami counties prompt warnings

With higher than usual levels of West Nile virus cases in mosquitoes, health officials are urging people to take preventative measures.

Mosquito samples collected in two locations in Miami County have tested positive for the virus and the virus was also detected in a sample in Greene County, according to officials from the two counties.

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“In mosquitoes is the highest Ohio has seen this early in the season since 2012 when we reported 122 human cases for the year,” said Sietske de Fijter, state epidemiologist with Ohio Department of Health, following the first human case of the season reported late July in northeastern Ohio.

The virus, spread through mosquito bites, spreads in Ohio each year. People are most at risk of getting the virus summer through early fall, with most symptoms reported late July through early October.