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Cases Increase to 98 in 23 Counties
The above list represents the August 23 tally of H3N2v cases confirmed in Ohio by the Ohio Department of Health (ODH). The number of cases increased from 95 to 98, while the number of counties remained at 23. These short term increases signal increased testing, but also strongly suggests that many of the totals will represent serious undercounts.
Huron county increased by 2 to 3, while Licking increased by 1 to 2. 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, but the tri-state cluster remains curious.
The continued increase in confirmed counties supports efficient human to human transmission, CDC qualifiers notwithstanding.