(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) – The weather may be cooling off, but the threat of West Nile Virus remains in Indiana.
Case in point: Dearborn County has seen its first confirmed human case of the mosquito-borne disease this season. The case was confirmed to Eagle 99.3 by the victim, a Greendale resident. The Indiana State Department of Health also lists Dearborn County as having one confirmed case.
The local West Nile victim tells Eagle 99.3 he is recovering after experiencing 10 of 16 symptoms associated with the disease’s severe stages.
While Dearborn County has the only confirmed human case in southeast Indiana, West Nile is present in mosquitoes throughout all counties in the region. The state department of health says, as of this week, six Indiana residents have died of the illness in 2012. More than 60 people statewide have been sickened by West Nile.
This has been one of the busiest West Nile seasons on record in Indiana, and could continue until the first hard freeze – temperatures dipping into the upper 20s - kills off most mosquitoes.
West Nile causes only mild symptoms in most human cases, but about one in 150 cases can develop a more severe form of the disease with encephalitis or meningitis and other neurological syndromes, including flaccid muscle paralysis or even death.
Indiana State Department of Health West Nile Virus site - http://www.in.gov/isdh/23592.htm