Columbus Sees First Human Case Of West Nile Virus This Year

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The year's first human case of West Nile Virus in Columbus has been reported.

A 38-year-old man was recently hospitalized for the virus, but he has now recovered.

The Columbus Public Health Department says there's also been a sharp increase in the number of mosquitoes in the region.

"This first human case of West Nile Virus of 2013 reminds us of the importance of taking precautions to protect ourselves from mosquito exposure," said Health Commissioner Dr. Teresa Long said.

Residents are reminded to take precautions by using insect repellant, wearing protective clothing, repairing window screens and eliminating standing water in bird baths and baby pools.

Officials say to eliminate mosquito breeding sites near your home - remove all discarded tires and other water-holding containers, such as tin cans and unused flower pots from your property. You should also make sure gutters are clean and draining.

About one in every 150 people bitten by an infected mosquito will become severely ill; most people will experience mild, flu-like symptoms.

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