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West Nile virus found in 2nd central Ohio county

Evidence of West Nile virus has been found in a second central Ohio county.

The Licking County Health Department says a pool of mosquitoes collected from traps tested positive for the virus. The state's first evidence of West Nile virus this year came earlier this week in mosquitoes collected in Columbus in nearby Franklin County. Ohio has recorded human cases of the virus each year since 2002.

Mosquitoes spread the virus, often picked up from birds they bite. Symptoms include neck stiffness and disorientation. West Nile can lead to coma, paralysis and death.

Health officials urge Ohioans to use mosquito repellent and remove any standing water on their properties.

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