West Nile: Ohio's First 2009 Case of the Virus

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Cleveland, OH (WOIO) - The Buckeye State has recorded its first human case of West Nile Virus this year.

According to the Ohio Department of Health, the victim is an 11-year old Cuyahoga County boy.

He is recovering.

Meantime the number of positive West Nile Virus mosquito pools in the state nearly doubled in the past week to 97.

ODH is sending out a reminder that the only way humans can get the virus is from an infected mosquito, but there are preventative steps you can take:

*If you are outdoors between dusk and dawn wear long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, shoes and socks

*Light colors are least attractive to mosquitoes

*Use insect repellent and follow the label directions

*Remove all discarded tires and other water-holding containers, such as tin cans and unused flower pots, from your property

*Eliminate standing water from your property

*Clean & drain all roof gutters

*Clean and chlorinate pools, outdoor saunas and hot tubs

*Change water weekly in bird baths

For more information, visit the ODH Web site or call the Ohio Department of Health, Office of Public Affairs at 614-644-8562.

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