Shaker Heights resident becomes ninth West Nile virus case in Ohio

SHAKER HEIGHTS, Ohio - A 54-year-old Shaker Heights resident has become the state's ninth reported case of the West Nile virus this year.

The Shaker Heights Health Department said the resident reported a mosquito bite and suffered from fever, rash, muscle aches and nausea. The symptoms all improved within a week and the patient did not have any neurological complications.

"We want the residents of Shaker and all of Northeastern Ohio to be diligent in protecting themselves against mosquito bites," said Shaker Heights Health Director Dr. Scott Frank.

This summer's weather has contributed to an increase in mosquitoes, with the Ohio Department of Health reporting 695 West Nile positive mosquito pools.

Earlier this month, a 48-year-old Cleveland man was hospitalized with a confirmed case of West Nile virus. The Cleveland Department of Public Health said it was the first case in the area in 2012 and happened about one month earlier than in previous years.

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