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West Nile detected in Wabash County

By the WPD STAFF

The Indiana State Department of Health has detected at least one case of the West Nile virus in a pool of mosquitoes here in Wabash County. The virus has been reported in mosquitoes found in neighboring Koscuisko, Huntington and Grant counties as well.

On Monday, ISDH confirmed the first human case of West Nile this season in Vanderburgh County. State health officials expect West Nile activity to increase as the season progresses.

“This is the time of year when people are at greatest risk for West Nile virus disease,” said State Health Commissioner Kris Box, M.D. “All Hoosiers should take precautions to prevent mosquito bites. You can also reduce the risk for yourself and your neighbors by eliminating mosquito breeding grounds from your property.”

The state health department is encouraging residents to eliminate potential mosquito breeding grounds, which health officials say may develop in spaces as small as a bottle cap. ISDH says residents should:

-Discard tires, pots and containers that hold water

-Repair failed septic systems

-Drill holes in the bottom of recycling containers left outdoors

-Clean clogged roof gutters

-Replace water in pet bowls frequently

-Flush birdbaths periodically

-Aerate ornamental pools, or stock them with predatory fish

ISDH recommends avoiding the outdoors when mosquitoes are most active, between late afternoon and early morning. Those who are outdoors during peak hours should cover exposed skin and use inspect repellent, particularly products containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535, oil of lemon eucalyptus or para-menthane-diol.