JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (WDRB) -- Mosquitoes infected with the West Nile virus have been found in southern Indiana.
The Clark County Health Department says routine mosquito sampling by the state found West Nile in Jeffersonville. Positive samples for West Nile have been found in Clark County for several years. But this is the first positive sample for 2018.
Testing for infected mosquitoes will continue in Clark County. The health department will also continue spraying pesticides until this year’s first “freezing” temperatures.
Residents of Clark County should continue to take precautions to avoid mosquito bites. The health department suggests using DEET and other repellents, wearing long sleeves and pants and avoiding being outside between dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.
People who contract West Nile virus may show mild signs of illness including fever, headache and body aches. But the elderly and those with compromised immune systems can become seriously ill and could die.
Health officials advise homeowners to get rid of standing water on their property where mosquitoes can breed. Those places include clogged gutters, old tires, failing septic systems and abandoned swimming pools.
For more information about mosquitoes from the Clark County Health Department, CLICK HERE.
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