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Public Health officials report that a sample of mosquitoes from Greene County has tested positive for West Nile Virus.

 

  The West Nile Virus is a serious virus often spread through mosquito bites, and can cause fever, and inflammation of the brain, or spinal cord.

 

Jeff Webb with Greene County Public Health says that despite the rising number of mosquitoes testing positive for West Nile, there have not been any known cases of humans contracting it this year.

 

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DAYTON, Ohio - Health officials and pest controllers say Ohio weather patterns have caused an increase in mosquito populations this year, including more carrying West Nile virus.

Ohio Department of Health spokeswoman Shannon Libby says 248 pools of mosquitoes collected from traps have tested positive for the virus so far. That's up from 78 by this time in 2010.

Libby tells The Dayton Daily News that there have been no reports of human cases of West Nile in Ohio, which can lead to coma, paralysis and death.