H3N2v Ohio Cases Increase to 95 in 23 Counties

Wednesday, August 22, 2012
By Paul Martin

August 22, 2012

Ashland (1), Athens (8), Butler (17), Champaign (15), Clark (3), Fairfield (1), Franklin (4), Gallia (11), Greene (6), Hamilton (3), Henry (5), Huron (1), Jackson (1), Licking (1), Medina (1), Monroe (2), Montgomery (2), Morrow (1), Preble (1), Richland (2), Ross (7), Union (1), Warren (1)

The above list represents the August 22 tally of H3N2v cases confirmed in Ohio by the Ohio Department of Health (ODH). The number of cases increased from 87 to 95, while the number of counties increased from 21 to 23. These short term increases signal increased testing, but also strongly suggests that many of the totals will represent serious undercounts.

Two countries reported initial cases, Huron (1) and Richland (2), while two counties reported 2 case increases, Athens (8) and Ross (7), while one county increased by one, Henry (5). The three counties in double digits Butler (17), Champaign (15), Gallia (11) did not change, although media reports indicate the 3 cases in Mason County, West Virginia attended the Gallia Junior County Fair and the WVDH has warned of more cases.

The 6 “seasonal” H3N2 cases in Ashland, Kentucky did not attend fairs in Ohio or West Virginia.

The continued increase in confirmed counties supports efficient human to human transmission, CDC qualifiers notwithstanding.

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