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First death of West Nile virus registered in Lucas County



TOLEDO (WTVG) – For the first time in 2019, a human victim of West Nile Virus died in Lucas County, according to the Lucas County Health Department.

According to a statement from the health department, the patient is a 68-year-old man who died after being hospitalized for encephalitis.

"Even though we are nearing the end of summer, you may still be at risk of contracting West Nile virus," said Eric Zgodzinki, Health Commissioner. "It is important for everyone to continue to take precautions, such as wearing repellent insects and staying indoors between dusk and dawn."

According to the health department, most people with West Nile virus have no symptoms and never become ill. When a disease develops, symptoms appear 3-1

5 days after the initial mosquito bite and include fever, headache and body aches.

People of all ages are at risk, but those over 50 and those with a chronic illness are at highest risk for serious complications such as encephalitis or meningitis.

People who experience fever, confusion, muscle weakness, severe headache or stiff neck should seek medical attention immediately.


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