(Rising Sun, Ind.) – Add Ohio County to the list of 47 Indiana counties where the potentially-deadly West Nile virus has been found.
The Ohio County Health Department says the virus was detected in a pool of mosquitoes. So far, no human cases of West Nile have been confirmed in the county.
"This is the time of the year when we normally see the most cases of West Nile virus," said Jennifer House, DVM, veterinary epidemiologist at the Indiana State Department of Health. "Mosquitoes will remain infected and capable of transmitting West Nile virus until they die. Mosquitoes will not die until we have a good hard freeze. In the meantime, they are capable of biting, so repellents should be used."
Citizens are advised to take the following steps to avoid being bit by an infected bug:
Dr. House urges homeowners to take the following steps:
According to the State Department of Health, the West Nile virus usually causes West Nile fever, a milder form of the illness, which can include fever, headache, body aches, swollen lymph glands, or a rash. A small number of individuals can develop a more severe form of the disease with encephalitis or meningitis and other neurological syndromes, including flaccid muscle paralysis. Health officials report individuals age 50 and over are at greatest risk for serious illness and even death from West Nile virus. However, people of all ages can be and have been infected with the virus.
Indiana State Department of Health - http://www.in.gov/isdh/23592.htm