Columbus Public Health confirms first case of West Nile Virus

Columbus Public Health sprayed neighborhoods this summer for the virus.

COLUMBUS (WCMH)–Columbus Public Health has confirmed the first case of West Nile virus, they announced Friday.

A local 71-year-old man has been hospitalized for the illness.

Symptoms of West Nile are similar to the flu, including fever, headache, body aches, skin rash and swollen glands. Severe cases of West Nile can also result in stiff neck, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions and paralysis.  Anyone with these symptoms should consult their doctor immediately. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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