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Frost brings end closer for human West Nile cases
With winter approaching, most of the infected mosquitos are dying off from the cold temperature.
by WKSU's STATEHOUSE CORRESPONDENT BILL COHEN


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Early morning frost across Ohio this week is causing state health officials to breathe a sigh of relief.

That’s because the cooler weather is causing mosquitoes to disappear, including the bugs that carry West Nile Virus and spread it to humans.

Richard Gary is the top bug expert for the Ohio Department of Health.

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GARY: This week in, Ohio, our cooperators throughout Ohio submitted less than a thousand mosquitos total. And if you consider the middle of the season, we were getting 20,000 or more in a week; you can see that the mosquito activity is on a fast decline

The current tally of human West Nile cases this year – 93 – is the 3rd largest yearly total, since the illness first hit Ohio a decade ago.

Health officials say this year's total could still increase a bit as the most recent cases are confirmed.

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