Mosquitoes With West Nile Found In 2 Indiana Counties

July 10, 2014
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Health officials are confirming the first signs of West Nile virus in Indiana this year.

Mosquitoes in two counties have tested positive for the virus so far. There have been no reported cases of West Nile in humans in the state this year.

Marshall County, in Northern Indiana, and Pike County in the southwestern portion of the state have mosquitoes that have tested positive.

West Nile virus has been found throughout the entire state in past years, and positive mosquitoes are expected to be found in many other Indiana counties as the summer progresses.

Last year, the first human case of West Nile virus was reported in Ripley County.

“It’s the time of year when we are at greater risk for West Nile virus infection,” said State Health Commissioner William VanNess, M.D.  “But there are many ways people can help protect themselves and their families. You can prevent West Nile virus infection by following some simple and effective steps to prevent mosquito bites.”

Dr. VanNess recommends people take the following protective steps:

  • If possible, avoid being outdoors during prime mosquito biting times, especially late afternoon and dusk to dawn and early morning;
  • Apply insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535 or oil of lemon eucalyptus to clothes and exposed skin;
  • Install or repair screens on windows and doors to keep mosquitoes out of the home; and,
  • When possible, wear long-sleeved shirts and pants while outside.

 

 

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