Positive West Nile Virus Test In Mosquitoes In Two Indiana Counties Calls For Preventive Measures

Positive West Nile Virus Test In Mosquitoes In Two Indiana Counties Calls For Preventive Measures

INDIANA Mosquitoes in two different counties tested positive for the West Nile Virus and now health officers are urging Hoosiers to take steps to guard themselves from the insects and the diseases they’ll carry.

As of July 1, mosquitoes in Clark and Elkhart counties have tested positive for the virus. No cases of West Nile virus disease have been detected up to now in 2019; however, the Indiana State Department of Health expects to see increased West Nile activity all through the state as the season progresses.

West Nile virus could cause West Nile fever, a mild type of the illness, which can include headache,fever, body aches, swollen lymph glands or a rash. Some people will develop a more severe type of the illness affecting the nervous system, together with inflammation in the brain and spinal cord, muscle paralysis and even death. Individuals who think they might have West Nile virus should see their healthcare provider.

“Each year, we see individuals become ill because of mosquito bites,” stated State Well being Commissioner Kris Box, MD, FACOG. “After we discover evidence of the virus in a number of counties, which means the chance is beginning to improve statewide. It only takes one chunk from an infected mosquito to trigger a severe sickness, so Hoosiers in each county needs to be taking precautions.”

Health officials advocate the next preventive measures:

1.Avoid being outside when mosquitoes are active (especially late afternoon, nightfall to daybreak and early morning);

2.Apply an EPA-registered insect repellent containing DEET, IR3535, oil of lemon eucalyptus or para-menthane-diol to clothes and exposed skin.

Andrew Francis

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