Mosquitos in Jefferson County test positive for West Nile Virus

The DeKalb County Board of Health has trapped West Nile-positive mosquitoes in the southeast area of Tucker.

Oxford Drive in the Kings Grant neighborhood.

Constitution Drive in the Pembroke area.

The Tippecanoe County Health Department received a phone call from the Indiana State Department of Health on July 12 notifying them that the virus had been detected in two mosquito groups found in Tippecanoe County on June 28, 2018.

Most people who get infected with West Nile Virus will have either no symptoms or mild symptoms.

Residents are urged to dump any containers that may catch and hold rainwater since these can be prime breeding sites for mosquitoes.

The health department says no human cases of West Nile virus have been reported in Marion County so far this year.

According to the CDC, 80 percent of the people who become infected don't have symptoms, but some develop flu-like symptoms, which can last for weeks or even months.

The elderly are more at risk of getting sick because their immune system is often weaker.

Use insect repellent products registered with the EPA. Apply according to label instructions.

Clean birdbaths and wading pools weekly.

Make sure window and door screens fit tightly to keep out mosquitoes.

The biology lab will continue to monitor and test mosquitoes and will release additional information if West Nile virus activity continues to increase and spread to other areas.

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