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/