Health officials encourage prevention against West Nile Virus

Aug 26, 2013

In early August of this year a pool of mosquitos tested positive for the West Nile virus in a wooded area of a southwest Ohio park.  There were 121 reported cases of West Nile virus in Ohio in 2012, including seven deaths – two of them in Hamilton County.  Health officials say one case has been reported so far this year in Ohio. The disease is spread by infected mosquitos and can cause serious symptoms, including high fever, convulsions and paralysis. WNKU’s Cheri Lawson talked with Jeremy Hessel , director of the environmental health division at the Hamilton County   Health Department who says there’s a certain type of mosquito that poses a  threat.