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West Nile Virus found in Marion, Monroe and Tippecanoe counties

Posted: 1:48 PM, Jul 13, 2018
Updated: 2018-07-13 13:48:30-04

The West Nile Virus has been found in several Indiana counties. 

Samples of mosquitoes in Marion, Tippecanoe, and Monroe counties have tested positive for the West Nile Virus. 

Last year, the West Nile Virus was also found in Tippecanoe County. 

The Tippecanoe County released the following information about the virus:

Health officials are asking citizens to take precautions when outdoors between dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active by: using insect repellant containing DEET, and making sure your property is free of any standing water, which could be breeding grounds for the mosquitoes that carry West Nile Virus.

West Nile Virus is transmitted to a human by a mosquito that has first bitten an infected bird.  A person who is bitten by an infected mosquito may show symptoms from 3 to 15 days after the bite. 

The Monroe County Health Department said mosquitoes that carry the virus breed in places with standing water, like ditches, untended swimming pools or ditches. 

The Tippecanoe County Health Department says those who may have been infected with the virus can have symptoms including high fever, headache, stiff neck, muscle weakness or paralysis, and confusion.  

Some who are infected with the virus might have inflammation of the brain or tissues that cover the brain and spinal cord.

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