West Nile found in mosquitos at Delaware County Fairgrounds, State confirms two human cases in Hamilton, Marion counties
Free Press Report
MUNCIE, IN - West Nile virus has been found in mosquitos at the Delaware County Fairgrounds, and the Indiana Board of Health has confirmed two human cases in Marion and Hamilton counties
Despite drought conditions, 44 Indiana counties have reported West Nile virus in mosquito samplings, according to the state health officials, including Blackford, Henry, Jay, Randolph and Wells counties.
The first human cases were reported Friday in the Indianapolis area, and the Marion County Board of Health also found the virus in a crow. The state tested 71,000 mosquitos in 89 counties and also tested for Saint Louis encephalitis, but found no cases of encephalitis.
Physician Gregory Larkin, state health commissioner, said despite drought conditions, the virus was circulating the state and people should use caution.. The virus usually causes mild disease, but it can be serious in some people with low immunity or other health conditions.
Health officials recommend using insect repellant using DEET and also avoiding areas that breed mosquitos.
Josh Williams, DCHd administrator, explained it was not unusual to see mosquitos in dry conditions, giving any standing water like creeks or ponds can breed a host of insects.
The county conducts routine testings and then follows up with spraying affected areas and continue testing locally to keep the virus in check. Go online at www.co.delaware.in.us/health to report mosquitos or get information about other public health issues. The state site is www.in.gov/health.