West Nile Virus Suspected In Second Death

POSTED BY: News Department
Tuesday, August 27, 2002 - 04:59 PM
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A 75-year old man hospitalized after tests showed he probably had the West Nile virus died on Monday according to Cleveland city officials. It is the second suspected human death of the virus in Ohio. State officials are reporting that a 79-year old Clermont County man apparently died of the virus on August 12th at a hospital near Cincinnati. Since there has been positive test results for the West Nile virus in Muskingum, Licking, Coshocton, Guernsey, Morgan, and Perry counties, residents need to take the necessary precautions to protect themselves. Especially children, the elderly, and those with a weak immune system. Jennifer Hoffman of the Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department says that people should use a mosquitoe repellant if they are outdoors between dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are likely to be biting. Becuase the West Nile virus has been confirmed in Muskingum County, the health department is no longer collecting dead birds for testing.

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