Two Ohioans lost their lives at the start of September 2012– one to the H3N2v flu, and a second to West Nile Virus.
This year, Mike Oricko, Fulton County health commissioner, said so far there have been no reported cases of H3N2v, and only four cases of West Nile Virus-related illnesses.
H3N2v can be spread between pigs and humans, and vice versa. It became a concern about the time 4-H youngsters took their pigs to county fairs.
Last year, a few Henry County youths became ill after being around pigs. There were six confirmed cases of H3N2v virus in Henry County.
West Nile Virus is spread by mosquitoes. While most persons infected with the West Nile Virus never suffer any illness, about 20% will become ill with West Nile Fever. About 1% of those infected develop much more serious, and potentially fatal, illnesses.
West Nile Virus is dependent on mosquito populations. Mosquito populations are dependent on the weather.
In other news, Oricko said the health department has scheduled flu vaccine clinics for 2013.
Both injections and the flu mist are administered. Oricko said at this point, there are no concerns about availability of the vaccine.