• West Nile virus returns to Indiana

    July 28, 2011 No comments

    Health officials said today that signs of West Nile virus have appeared in Allen and Hamilton counties, the first evidence of the disease in the state this year.

    Mosquitoes in both counties have tested positive for the disease. Last year West Nile virus was found in 54 of Indiana’s 92 counties.

    In most case, people bitten by infected mosquitoes develop a mild form of the illness. Symptoms include fever, headache, body aches, swollen lymph glands, or a rash. Some people can develop a more severe form, with encephalitis or meningitis and other neurological syndromes.

    More than 20 Hoosiers have died from West Nile virus since 2002, when Indiana had its first human case of the disease. One person died last year.

    Health officials recommend the following steps for preventing West Nile infection:

    • Avoid being outdoors during prime mosquito biting times, dusk to dawn, when possible;

    • 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; and,

    • When possible, wear long-sleeved shirts and pants when outside.

    For more information, visit state health department website at: www.statehealth.IN.gov

     

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