(Cincinnati, Oh.) – Hamilton County has suffered its second human death from the West Nile Virus, the Hamilton County Health Department announced Tuesday.
An 80-year-old man from the eastern side of the county died from complications of the mosquito-borne illness. His identity has not been released.
“We at Hamilton County Public Health express our deepest sympathy to the family of the second Hamilton County resident to succumb to complications from West Nile Virus,” Health Commissioner Tim Ingram said in a news release. “While this is certainly a tragedy, it can also serve as an important reminder to take every precaution to prevent mosquito bites.”
Tuesday’s death follows that of a 76-year-old Hamilton County man on August 29. As of Monday, 79 human cases of West Nile Virus have been recorded across Ohio by the state department of health.
Health officials say the easiest and best way to avoid West Nile is to prevent mosquito bites.
Eighty percent of people who contract the illness experience little to no symptoms. Another 20 percent experience mild symptoms such as fever, headache, and body aches, nausea, vomiting, and sometimes swollen lymph glands or a skin rash on the chest, stomach and back. One in 150 people with WNV develop severe effects such as paralysis or death.
For more information on West Nile Virus, contact Hamilton County Public Health at (513) 946-7800 or visit them online at www.HamiltonCountyHealth.org.