Ohio Arbovirus Update June 19, 2017

Ohio Arbovirus Surveillance Update June 19, 2017

This is the first arbovirus surveillance update of the year, and we have already detected West Nile virus (WNV) activity. Of the 743 pooled mosquito samples tested so far, 3 have tested positive. These were collected in Franklin, Lorain and Summit Counties. This is similar in timing to our first positive samples last year, but we’re also seeing reports of WNV activity in neighboring states that includes an equine case in Kentucky and 2 human cases in Indiana. It is still too early in the surveillance season to predict whether or not this will be a worse than normal year. However, these reports serve as a reminder that WNV infected mosquitoes are active and now is the time to increase your community and public education efforts to include these points:

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