TERRE HAUTE —
State health officials continue to encourage Hoosiers to take steps to protect themselves from West Nile virus and other mosquito-borne diseases after mosquito samples from 35 counties have now tested positive for the virus.
One human case of West Nile virus in Ripley County and one equine case in Adams County, the state Department of Health said in a press release.
West Nile virus-infected mosquitoes have been found locally in Vigo, Sullivan and Parke counties.
Other Indiana counties in which West Nile virus-infected mosquitoes have been found are: Adams, Allen, Carroll, Clinton, Daviess, Delaware, DeKalb, Grant, Hamilton, Jay, Jefferson, Knox, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Lake, Marion, Marshall, Martin, Monroe, Montgomery, Morgan, Newton, Noble, Ohio, Steuben, Tippecanoe, Tipton, Starke, St. Joseph, Vanderburgh, White and Whitley.
The Indiana State Department of Health has collected and tested nearly 120,000 mosquitoes from the state’s 92 counties for West Nile virus and St. Louis encephalitis. There have been no positive findings for Saint Louis encephalitis at this time.
The West Nile virus can cause a mild fever that includes headache, body aches, swollen lymph glands or a rash. But some people can develop a more severe, potentially fatal form.
Eight people died in Indiana last year from the virus, The Associated Press reported in a story released Tuesday.
For more information about mosquito safety, visit the Indiana State Department of Health’s website at www.statehealth.in.gov.
Information about mosquito activity in the state can be found at www.in.gov/
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West Nile prevention tips
State health officials recommend the following preventative measures:
• Avoid places where mosquitoes are biting.
• Apply insect repellent containing DEET, picaradin 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.
• When possible, wear pants and long sleeves, especially if walking in wooded or marshy areas.
To reduce potential mosquito breeding grounds:
• Discard old tires, tin cans, ceramic pots or other containers that can hold water.
• Repair failed septic systems.
• Drill holes in the bottom of recycling containers left outdoors.
• Keep grass cut short and shrubbery trimmed.
• Clean clogged roof gutters, particularly if leaves tend to plug drains.
• Frequently replace water in pet bowls.
• Flush ornamental fountains and birdbaths periodically.
• Aerate ornamental pools, or stock them with predatory fish.