Southern Indiana resident tests positive for Zika virus - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Southern Indiana resident tests positive for Zika virus

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A southern Indiana resident has tested positive for the Zika virus.

The Clark County Health Department says a resident Sellersburg has tested positive for a travel-related case of Zika.

The Clark County Health Officer has advised the town to begin mosquito control protocol, and Greg Dietz will be on the move as he heads mosquito control for the town of Sellersburg.

For the next three days around town, Dietz will begin the mosquito fogging process. Neighborhoods were given a heads up with maps of where and when fogging will take place.

"The fog that we use has ultra small microns that come out of this, so it's basically dangerous to the mosquito," Dietz said.  

Officials don't know much about person in Sellersburg who has Zika, but health workers confirm the person got the virus while traveling to Mexico. 

They added if the person who has Zika gets bitten by another mosquito, the virus could spread in the area. The Clark County Health Officer touched on the proactive approach that he's taking. 

"Talking to emergency rooms and physicians within Clark County and also send a notice to the surrounding county health departments," Dr. Kevin Burke said.  

Indiana has had 22 documented cases of the virus, but this the first travel-related case in Clark County, Ind.

Health officials still say that the risk of transmission is very low in Indiana.

Two other travel-related cases were confirmed Friday in Hardin County, Ky. According to the Centers for Disease Control, there have been more than 1,800 cases reported in the United States.

People are reminded to use bug repellent and keep their house free of mosquito breeding ground like clogged gutters, old tires, failing septic systems, non-functional swimming pools and other items containing water.

For more information about routes and times of larviciding in Sellersburg, click here.

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