West Nile virus found in Marion County mosquitoes, health department says

Mosquitoes with West Nile virus discovered in Marion County File

Mosquitoes with West Nile virus discovered in Marion County File

Last year, she said, 35 human West Nile cases were reported in IN, and it only takes one bite from an infected mosquito to cause a severe illness.

People over 60 or those who have underlying health issues are at higher risk for developing West Nile neuroinvasive disease. Last year, New Jersey had 61 human cases of WNV. Those who develop symptoms will commonly report fever, headache, body/joint aches or rash.

West Nile virus can cause West Nile fever, which can develop into a more severe form of the disease that affects the nervous system. There's no treatment for the virus itself.

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The Kansas Department of Health and Environment recommends Kansans take preventive measures against mosquito bites over the Fourth of July holiday. He said there is a risk of contracting the virus anytime mosquitoes are active, so it is important to protect yourself from mosquito bites.

"Each year, we see individuals become ill because of mosquito bites", stated State Well being Commissioner Kris Box, MD, FACOG. "It only takes one chunk from an infected mosquito to trigger a severe sickness, so Hoosiers in each county needs to be taking precautions".

Eliminate stagnant water in containers around homes where mosquitoes can lay their eggs. Contact with mosquitoes can also be reduced by using air-conditioning when possible and ensuring window screens are in good fix. Approximately 33 percent of horses infected with West Nile virus will die. That comes one day after the Indiana State Department of Health reported mosquitoes in Elkhart and Clark counties tested positive for West Nile virus.

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