Indiana confirms first human West Nile virus case for 2015

Indiana health officials recently confirmed the state's first human West Nile virus case for the year.

The case was reported in Huntington County.

Local residents are encouraged to take proactive measures to protect themselves against the potentially deadly virus. Some practical ways to avoid contracting the illness include avoiding being outside when mosquitoes are most active, such as dusk, dawn, late afternoon and early morning; applying insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535, oil of lemon eucalyptus or para-menthane-diol to clothes and exposed skin; and repairing broken screens and doors to keep mosquitoes out of homes. 

Recent mosquito samples from 27 counties have tested positive for the virus, including Boone, Blackford, Allen, Clinton, Clark, Crawford, Dubois, Delaware, Floyd, Fulton, Elkhart, Hancock, Hamilton, Hendricks, Miami, Marshall, Marion, Morgan, Montgomery, Perry, Orange, Shelby, Ripley, Vigo, Vanderburgh, Wells and Wabash.

State health officials said there is no guarantee that mosquitoes infected with West Nile virus are not circulating throughout all of the state’s 92 counties.

“Unfortunately, this is the time of the year when West Nile virus infection is on the rise, and Hoosiers are at a greater risk of getting West Nile virus and other mosquito-borne viruses,” Dr. Jerome Adams, the state health commissioner, said. “The good news though is that you can prevent these diseases by taking precautions like using insect repellent, and wearing pants and long sleeves if you’re walking in any wooded or marshy areas.”

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