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First human Indiana case of West Nile Virus discovered

Posted at 2:18 PM, Aug 08, 2018

INDIANAPOLIS -- The first human Indiana case of West Nile Virus was found this week, and state health officials are urging Hoosiers to take precaution.

One human case of West Nile was detected in Vanderburgh County as of Monday. The Indiana State Department of Health said 168 mosquito samples in 27 Indiana counties have tested positive for the virus. 

The ISDH expects to see more West Nile activity throughout the state. 

“This is the time of year when people are at greatest risk for West Nile virus disease,” State Health Commissioner Kris Box said “All Hoosiers should take precautions to prevent mosquito bites. You can also reduce the risk for yourself and your neighbors by eliminating mosquito breeding grounds from your property.” 

Indiana health officials recommended taking the following measures to protect yourself:

  • Avoid being outdoors when mosquitoes are active (especially late afternoon, dusk to dawn and early morning)
  • Use an EPA-registered insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535, oil of lemon eucalyptus or para-menthane-diol on clothes and exposed skin
  • Cover exposed skin by wearing a hat, long sleeves and long pants in places where mosquitoes are especially active, such as wooded areas
  • Install or repair screens on windows and doors to keep mosquitoes out of the home

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