FILE - In this Jan. 27, 2016, file photo, an Aedes aegypti mosquito known to carry the Zika virus, is photographed through a microscope at the Fiocruz institute in Recife, Pernambuco state, Brazil. Sometime next year, genetically modified mosquitoes will be released in the Florida Keys in an effort to combat persistent insect-borne diseases such as Dengue fever and the Zika virus. The plan approved Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020, by the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District calls for a pilot project in 2021 involving the striped-legged Aedes aegypti mosquito, which is not native to Florida. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana, File)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Indiana health officials detected West Nile virus for the first time this year.

According to a news release, a mosquito sample tested positive for West Nile virus in Vigo County. Although no humans cases of the virus have been confirmed this year, the Indiana Department of Health expects more West Nile activity as the mosquito season continues.

"Hoosiers in all parts of the state should take precautions to prevent mosquito bites whenever they are outdoors," Dr. Kris Box, Indiana State Health Commissioner, said in a news release.

Health officials recommend a variety of preventive measures to stay safe from mosquitos, including being outdoors when mosquitos are active, apply EPA-registered insect repellent and covering exposed skin.

In the past two years, mosquito-borne diseases have led to two human cases and 18 horse cases in northern Indiana. 

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