West Nile virus found in Indiana mosquitos

Virus usually found mid-summer

INDIANAPOLIS - West Nile virus has already been detected in Indiana this summer, state health officials said.

The Indiana State Department of Health said mosquitos in Adams County have tested positive for the virus last week, which is earlier in the season than usual.

"With this earlier than usual discovery of West Nile virus activity, Hoosiers are now at a greater risk of West Nile virus,” said Jennifer House, Director of Zoonotic and Environmental Epidemiology at the Indiana State Department of Health.

A person could experience symptoms three to 15 days after being bitten by an infected mosquito, including fever, headache, body aches, swollen lymph glands or a rash.

A more severe form of West Nile virus can cause encephalitis, meningitis or death.

More than 30 Hoosiers have died from the illness since Indiana had its first human case of West Nile virus in 2002.

Last year, West Nile virus was found in mosquitoes in every Indiana county except Crawford County, and eight West Nile deaths were reported in the state.

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