TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. — A sample of mosquitoes tested positive this month for West Nile Virus, the Tippecanoe County Health Department said Thursday.
The health department received test results from the state on Wednesday, notifying officials that the virus had been found in Tippecanoe County on June 1.
This year’s first positive test comes less than a year after the virus was detected in mosquitoes from an undisclosed location.
“This does not come as a surprise due to the fact that West Nile Virus was present in the county last year, and we were expecting to see it again this year,” Nick Davis, a health department environmentalist, said in a news release.
Residents should use insect repellent containing DEET when outdoors between dawn and dusk, and they should rid their property of any standing water, which could serve as breeding grounds for mosquitoes, Davis said.
Daily updates and a virus surveillance map are available on the Indiana State Department of Health website at http://bit.ly/2rv8SnZ.
According to the map, Tippecanoe and Morgan counties are the only jurisdictions with lab-confirmed cases of mosquito infections, while Lake and Hamilton counties have reported human cases of the virus.
Symptoms of West Nile include high fever, headache, stiff neck, muscle weakness, paralysis and confusion, and typically arise three to 15 days after a mosquito bite.
“It’s just more a precautionary reminder to people to be careful and wear your protection,” said Craig Rich, health department administrator. “This virus is here and it’s not going to go anywhere.”
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