June 19, 2002 at 8:12 PM EST - Updated July 3 at 4:17 PM
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - State health officials said there is evidence that the West Nile Virus has arrived in Ohio. Mosquitoes caught in a trap in suburban Cleveland tested positive for the potentially fatal virus.
The Ohio Department of Health said that the trap was set on May 28 in Garfield Heights. The virus was detected in a pool of 50 mosquitoes.
Prior to the finding, only New Jersey had found West Nile virus in a mosquito pool this year.
Health officials said that less than 1 percent of mosquitoes carry the West Nile Virus, even in an affected area. Approximately one in 150 people bitten by an infected mosquito will become severely ill.
The virus generally causes mild symptoms that mimic the flu in humans. In some cases, humans can develop deadly encephalitis or meningitis.
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