Save the Date: Inaugural Ohio Regional Tick Symposium

Join us on October 15th, 2021 at the 4H center on the Ohio State campus for the first Ohio Regional Tick Symposium. This one-day research symposium will bring researchers, public health officials, health practitioners, and pest management specialists together to facilitate discussions and share ongoing research. We’re excited to announce the two Keynote Speakers: Dr. Ben Beard, Deputy Director of the Division of Vector-Borne Diseases at the  Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Dr. Kirby Stafford, Chief Scientist/State Entomologist at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station.

More information can be found here.

Registration will open in summer 2021. For registration updates, follow this link and submit your information.

 

 

Ohio Vector Borne Disease Update: July 15, 2021

Here is the latest update from the Zoonotic Disease Program at the Ohio Department of Health:

As of 07/15/2021, 4,241 pooled mosquito samples (138,975 Culex spp. total) have been tested for West Nile Virus (WNV). Of the 4,241 pooled samples tested so far, 17 samples have tested positive for WNV. The positive samples are from:

  • Franklin County (including Columbus Public Health):11 positive samples
  • Hamilton County (including Cincinnati Health Department): 1 positive sample
  • Lucas County: 5 positive samples

No human cases of WNV have been reported.

No human cases of La Crosse virus have been reported.

More details are available at: https://odh.ohio.gov/vectorupdate.

You may contact the Zoonotic Disease Program (614-752-1029, option 1) if you have any questions.

Ohio Vector-Borne Disease Update: July 1, 2021

Here is the latest Ohio Vector-Borne disease update from the Ohio Department of Health:

 

As of 07/01/2021, 2,544 pooled mosquito samples (81,905 Culex spp. total) have been tested for West Nile Virus (WNV). Of the 2,544 pooled samples tested so far, 8 samples have tested positive for WNV. The positive samples are from:

  • Franklin County (including Columbus Public Health): 7 positive samples
  • Lucas County: 1 positive sample

 

No human cases of WNV have been reported.

 

The Ohio Department of Health has suggested that communities please consider increasing community and public education focused on personal protection to avoid mosquito bites and source reduction to prevent mosquito breeding.

 

More details are available at: https://odh.ohio.gov/vectorupdate.

 

The Zoonotic Disease Program can be reached at 614-752-1029 (option 1) if you have any questions.

Ohio Vector-borne Disease Update: June 15, 2021

The Ohio Department of Health has begun testing mosquitos for arboviral diseases during the 2021 surveillance season, and these are the initial results for June 15, 2021:

 

As of 06/15/2021, 368 pooled mosquito samples (12,043 Culex spp. total) have been tested for West Nile Virus (WNV). Of the 368 pooled samples tested so far, 0 samples have tested positive for WNV.  While we have not seen any positives yet, mosquitoes are active and now is a good time to start or increase your community and public education efforts focusing on personal protection to avoid mosquito bites and source reduction to prevent mosquito breeding.

 

For updated information or contact information you can visit The ODH Zoonotic Disease Program (ZDP) website, https://odh.ohio.gov/vectorupdate. The site will be updated every Friday.

 

The Zoonotic Disease Program can also be reached at 614-752-1029 (option 1) if you have any questions.

Special Collections of Tick Scientific Articles NOW Available

The ESA J. of Medical Entomology has just published a collection of several science articles on ticks. All in one public access issue! All you tick lovers out there should check this out! The articles will only be public access for a year.

 

“The Journal of Medical Entomology is pleased to publish a special collection of forum articles on the rise of ticks and tick-borne diseases in the United States. The articles were written by leaders in the field and highlight key accomplishments, significant information gaps, insights into trends and drivers, and identification of high priority needs.”  [NE IPM Center Newsletter]

 

https://academic.oup.com/jme/pages/the-rise-of-ticks-and-tick-borne-diseases

Final 2020 Ohio Vector-borne Disease Update November 4, 2020

As we are moving out of mosquito season and into colder weather, this will be the last Vector-borne Disease Update of the year. Vector-borne disease information will continue to be updated on the Ohio Department of Health website and more details can be found at: www.odh.ohio.gov/vectorupdate.

Below is a summary of arbovirus activity in the state.

As of 10/29/2020, mosquito collection data has been shared by local partners in Ashland, Athens, Carroll, Clark, Clermont, Crawford, Cuyahoga, Fairfield, Franklin, Gallia, Greene, Hamilton, Hancock, Hocking, Lake, Licking, Lorain, Lucas, Mahoning, Medina, Meigs, Miami, Montgomery, Muskingum, Perry, Pickaway, Portage, Richland, Ross, Scioto, Shelby, Stark, Summit, Tuscarawas, Union, Vinton and Wood counties. The following are results of pooled mosquito samples tested for West Nile virus (WNV):

  • Clark County: 13,495 total mosquitoes tested; 22 positive samples
  • Crawford County (including Galion City): 45 total mosquitoes tested; 1 positive sample
  • Cuyahoga County: 1,057 total mosquitoes tested; 2 positive samples
  • Fairfield County: 1,784 total mosquitoes tested; 1 positive sample
  • Franklin County (including Columbus City): 128,198 total mosquitoes tested; 543 positive samples
  • Hamilton County (including Cincinnati City): 1,643 total mosquitoes tested; 4 positive samples
  • Lake County: 4,642 total mosquitoes tested; 12 positive samples
  • Lucas County: 6,375 total mosquitoes tested; 68 positive samples
  • Portage County (including Kent City): 13,028 total mosquitoes tested; 2 positive samples
  • Richland County (including Shelby City): 16,592 total mosquitoes tested; 4 positive samples
  • Summit County: 2,311 total mosquitoes tested; 2 positive samples
  • Union County: 4,319 total mosquitoes tested; 5 positive samples

This brings the total number of WNV positive mosquito samples in Ohio to 666.

As of 11/02/2020, the Ohio Department of Health reported 2 human cases of WNV. Cases include 2 males between the ages of 41 -62 years (median: 52 years) reported from Franklin (1) and Montgomery (1) counties with onset of symptoms between 08/25/2020 – 09/11/2020. There are several additional suspect cases under investigation.

The Ohio Department of Health also reported 30 cases of La Crosse virus. Cases include 19 males and 11 females between the ages of 3 -15 years (median: 7 years) reported from Ashland (1), Carroll (1), Coshocton (2), Delaware (2), Fairfield (1), Hamilton (1), Harrison (1), Hocking (2), Holmes (5), Licking (1), Logan (1), Marion (2), Perry (1),  Pickaway (1), Summit (2), Trumbull (1), Warren (1), Washington (2) and Wayne (2) counties with onset of symptoms between 07/02/2020 – 09/23/2020. There are several additional suspect cases under investigation.

 

Contact the Ohio Department of Health Zoonotic Disease Program (614-752-1029, option 1) if you have any questions.

Ohio Vector-Borne Disease Update: October 5, 2020

From the Ohio Department of Health:

As of 10/01/2020, mosquito collection data has been shared by local partners in Ashland, Athens, Carroll, Clark, Clermont, Crawford, Cuyahoga, Fairfield, Franklin, Gallia, Greene, Hamilton, Hancock, Hocking, Lake, Licking, Lorain, Lucas, Mahoning, Medina, Meigs, Miami, Montgomery, Muskingum, Perry, Pickaway, Portage, Richland, Ross, Scioto, Shelby, Stark, Summit, Tuscarawas, Union, Vinton and Wood counties. The following are results of pooled mosquito samples tested for West Nile virus (WNV):

  • Clark County: 13,495 total mosquitoes tested; 22 positive samples
  • Cuyahoga County: 1,057 total mosquitoes tested; 2 positive samples
  • Fairfield County: 1,686 total mosquitoes tested; 1 positive sample
  • Franklin County (including Columbus City): 125,728 total mosquitoes tested; 531 positive samples
  • Hamilton County (including Cincinnati City): 1,643 total mosquitoes tested; 1 positive sample
  • Lake County: 4,642 total mosquitoes tested; 12 positive samples
  • Lucas County: 6,320 total mosquitoes tested; 66 positive samples
  • Portage County (including Kent City): 13,019 total mosquitoes tested; 2 positive samples
  • Richland County (including Shelby City): 16,592 total mosquitoes tested; 4 positive samples
  • Summit County: 2,311 total mosquitoes tested; 2 positive samples
  • Union County: 4,233 total mosquitoes tested; 2 positive samples

This brings the total number of WNV positive mosquito samples in Ohio to 645.

As of 10/05/2020, the Ohio Department of Health reported 2 human cases of WNV. Cases include 2 males between the ages of 41 -62 years (median: 52 years) reported from Franklin (1) and Montgomery (1) counties with onset of symptoms between 08/25/2020 – 09/11/2020. There are several additional suspect cases under investigation.

The Ohio Department of Health also reported 21 cases of La Crosse virus. Cases include 14 males and 7 females between the ages of 3 -15 years (median: 6 years) reported from Carroll (1), Coshocton (2), Delaware (2), Fairfield (1), Harrison (1), Hocking (1), Holmes (3), Marion (1), Perry (1),  Pickaway (1), Summit (1), Trumbull (1), Warren (1), Washington (2) and Wayne (2) counties with onset of symptoms between 07/02/2020 – 08/21/2020. There are several additional suspect cases under investigation.

More details are at: www.odh.ohio.gov/vectorupdate.

Please do not hesitate to contact the Zoonotic Disease Program (614-752-1029, option 1) if you have any questions.

Ohio Vector-Borne Disease Update: September 22, 2020

Please see the latest information from Ohio Department of Health:

As of 09/17/2020, mosquito collection data has been shared by local partners in Ashland, Athens, Carroll, Clark, Clermont, Crawford, Cuyahoga, Fairfield, Franklin, Gallia, Hamilton, Hancock, Hocking, Lake, Licking, Lorain, Lucas, Mahoning, Medina, Meigs, Miami, Montgomery, Muskingum, Perry, Pickaway, Portage, Richland, Ross, Scioto, Shelby, Stark, Summit, Tuscarawas, Union, Vinton and Wood counties.

The following are results of pooled mosquito samples tested for West Nile virus (WNV):

  • Clark County: 13,495 total mosquitoes tested; 22 positive samples
  • Cuyahoga County: 1,057 total mosquitoes tested; 2 positive samples
  • Fairfield County: 1,558 total mosquitoes tested; 1 positive sample
  • Franklin County (including Columbus City): 122,261 total mosquitoes tested; 521 positive samples
  • Lake County: 4,642 total mosquitoes tested; 12 positive samples
  • Lucas County: 5,934 total mosquitoes tested; 59 positive samples
  • Portage County (including Kent City): 12,811 total mosquitoes tested; 2 positive samples
  • Richland County: 16,512 total mosquitoes tested; 4 positive samples
  • Summit County: 2,157 total mosquitoes tested; 2 positive samples
  • Union County: 2,999 total mosquitoes tested; 1 positive samples

This brings the total number of WNV positive mosquito samples in Ohio to 626. No human cases of WNV have been reported.

As of 09/17/2020, the Ohio Department of Health reported 19 cases of La Crosse virus. Cases include 12 males and 7 females between the ages of 3 -15 years (median: 6 years) reported from Carroll (1), Coshocton (2), Delaware (2), Fairfield (1),Harrison (1), Hocking (1), Holmes (2), Marion (1), Perry (1),  Pickaway (1), Summit (1), Trumbull (1), Warren (1), Washington (2) and Wayne (1) counties with onset of symptoms between 07/02/2020 – 08/21/2020. There are several additional suspect cases under investigation.

More details are at: www.odh.ohio.gov/vectorupdate or call the Ohio Department of Health Zoonotic Disease Program (614-752-1029, option 1).

Educational Resources for Bed Bugs, Ticks, Mosquitoes, Rodents, Stinging Insects and Head Lice

The NE IPM Center recently offered a list of public educational tools for the following:

  • bed bugs
  • head lice
  • rodents
  • mosquitoes
  • ticks
  • stinging insects

These resources are available posters, pocket cards, and guides. These resources are targeted at school nurses, but they are easily modifiable for all general audiences.

Find information for these resources at: https://www.northeastipm.org/schools/resources-for-school-nurses/

Ohio Vector-Borne Disease Update: August 24, 2020

The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) has been recording mosquito collection data from local partners in order to monitor for diseases transmitted by mosquitoes in Ohio. The ODH worked with partners in Ashland, Athens, Carroll, Clark, Clermont, Crawford, Cuyahoga, Fairfield, Franklin, Hamilton, Hancock, Hocking, Lake, Licking, Lorain, Lucas, Mahoning, Medina, Meigs, Miami, Montgomery, Muskingum, Perry, Pickaway, Portage, Richland, Ross, Scioto, Shelby, Stark, Summit, Tuscarawas, Union, Vinton and Wood counties in order to collect data from around the state.

Please see below for results of pooled mosquito samples tested for West Nile Virus as of 8/21/20:

  • Clark County: 9,365 total mosquitoes tested; 11 positive samples
  • Cuyahoga County: 1,057 total mosquitoes tested; 2 positive samples
  • Fairfield County: 810 total mosquitoes tested; 1 positive sample
  • Franklin County (including Columbus City): 92,773 total mosquitoes tested; 290 positive samples
  • Lake County: 2,826 total mosquitoes tested; 6 positive samples
  • Lucas County: 2,358 total mosquitoes tested; 24 positive samples
  • Richland County: 15,282 total mosquitoes tested; 3 positive samples

The total number of mosquito samples positive with West Nile Virus is now 337. As of 8/21/20, no human cases of West Nile Virus have been reported.

 

The ODH reported 4 cases of La Crosse Virus during the week of 8/17/20, which were Ohio’s first cases of La Crosse Virus for 2020. Cases include:

  • 3 males
  • 1 female
  • All between the ages of 6-15 year, median age: 9 years

The cases were reported in:

  • Carroll County: 1 case
  • Harrison County: 1 case
  • Trumbull County: 1 case
  • Warren County: 1 case

Onset of symptoms for those cases of La Crosse Virus were between 7/4/20-7/11/20. There are several additional suspect cases under investigation.

For additional information, please visit www.odh.ohio.gov/vectorupdate or call the Ohio Department of Health Zoonotic Disease Program (614-752-1029, option 1).