It Only Takes One Bite: West Nile Confirmed In Indiana

Henrietta Brewer
July 3, 2019

The Marion County Public Health Department made the announcement Tuesday and said its mosquito control program will now increase its prevention efforts in the areas where the mosquitoes were found.

State epidemiologist Joshua Clayton says South Dakotans need to protect themselves against the mosquito-borne virus, especially during evening outdoor activities such as Fourth of July fireworks shows.

"This is the earliest a case of West Nile virus has been detected in New Jersey", New Jersey Department of Health Commissioner Shereef Elnahal said in a release.

Other preventive measures include avoiding being outdoors from dusk to dawn, when mosquitoes are most active, covering exposed skin and using an Environmental Protection Agency-registered insect repellent.

There was at least one human case of West Nile virus in Sarnia-Lambton in 2018.

Most people who become infected with West Nile virus do not develop any symptoms, according to the CDC.

There is no specific treatment for the disease and the best way to prevent it is to avoid mosquito bites, officials said. People over the age of 50 and people with weak immune systems are at greater risk of developing severe illness.

Last year, there was one death reported in Idaho because of the virus complications.

The health department is encouraging everyone to remove any standing water from their home of property, as that is where mosquitoes most like to breed. Areas that may need attention include flower pots, birdbaths, clogged rain gutters, plastic wading pools and wheelbarrows, and any containers or trash that may be hard to see such as under bushes, homes or around building exteriors.

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