Marion County Health Department finds mosquitoes carrying West Nile virus

INDIANAPOLIS - Although no humans have reported being infected by the virus so far, the Marion County Public Health Department said it has discovered mosquitoes carrying the West Nile virus.

The virus is usually first detected in central Indiana during July, officials said.

The sample of mosquitoes that reportedly tested positive came from a surveillance trap in Washington Township, officials said.

Most people who become infected actually don't see any symptoms, but the health department said people with certain medical conditions (cancer, diabetes, kidney disease) are more likely to experience the symptoms. 

Symptoms of West Nile include headache, body ache, joint pains and rash. 

No one died from West Nile virus in 2013, the health department said.

"Less than 1 percent of people who are infected will develop a serious neurologic illness such as encephalitis or meningitis," Public Health Department spokesman Curt Brantingham said.

To prevent the virus from spreading around your home, the health department encourages you to remember the "Four Ds" to stay protected:

  • Dusk. Stay indoors from dusk till dawn.
  • Dress. Wear clothes that cover your entire body while outside during these times.
  • DEET. Use bug spray that contains DEET.
  • Drainage. Make sure to get rid of all standing water around your home.
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