State's 1st 2013 human W. Nile case in Ripley Co.

INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana health officials say the state's first human case of West Nile virus has been reported in southeastern Indiana and that mosquitoes in nine counties across the state have tested positive for the disease.

The Indiana State Department of Health says the case occurred in Ripley County, about 40 miles west of Cincinnati, Ohio, but provides no other details about it.

The Health Department says adjacent Jefferson County, along the Ohio River, is one of the nine counties were mosquitoes have tested positive for the virus. The others are Allen, Adams, Grant and Starke in northern Indiana; Clinton, Vigo and Vermillion in the west; and central Indiana's Hamilton County.

Indiana had 77 West Nile cases last year. A severe form of the disease can cause encephalitis, meningitis, or muscle paralysis.

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