The Ohio Department of Health has identified the state's first two human cases of West Nile Virus this year -- one of them right here in Muskingum County.
A 24-year-old Muskingum County woman was hospitalized with Encephalitis. The other case involves a 78-year-old Cuyahoga County woman. If you've been outdoors in an area where mosquitoes could be prevalent, Epidemiologist Kristen Baker said there are certain symptoms to look out for.
If you're swatting bugs and scratching bites, that's because it's mosquito season again.
According to the Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department, recent heavy rain and flooding could increase mosquito populations. Public Health Sanitarian Matt Hemmer said there are different types of mosquitoes that are active in certain months.
"It's a very seasonal trend," said Hemmer. "Most of the breeds that we see early on in the spring are...
The Licking County Health Separtment wants to make sure it prevents the spread of West Nile Virus among mosquitoes.
So it will be conducting more spraying sessions this week in the cities of Newark, Alexandria, Kirkersville, Hanover Township, and Pataskala. A Buckeye Lake campground will also be targeted. All sprayings will take place after dusk.
Licking County was the second county in the state to find West Nile Virus in mosquitoes this year. Both reports came from...