VIGO COUNTY, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV/AP) — The Indiana Department of Health notified the Vigo County Health Department Wednesday that another sample pool of mosquitoes collected on Sept. 3 in Vigo County has tested positive for West Nile Virus.
No person within the county has yet to test positive for the virus in 2021. However, the first human case of West Nile Virus in 2021 in Indiana was reported Sept. 11 in a Lake County resident.
State Health Commissioner Dr. Kristina Box said mosquitoes are still active in cooler fall weather, and all Hoosiers should take precautions against mosquito-borne diseases until the first hard freeze.
In order to prevent West Nile Virus from spreading and protect yourself from the virus and other mosquito-borne diseases, state health officials recommend:
- Avoiding the outdoors when mosquitoes are active, usually late afternoon, dusk and dawn
- Applying insect repellent containing DEET or lemon eucalyptus oil to exposed skin and clothes
- Installing or repairing screens on all windows in your home
- Wearing long pants and sleeves, especially in wooded or marshy areas
Most people who contract West Nile Virus experience no symptoms or very mild illness. However, a few individuals may contract a more severe form of the disease that cause brain and spinal cord swelling. Signs of severe West Nile Virus cases include:ADVERTISING
- High fevers
- Neck stiffness
- Muscle weakness
In order to prevent areas from turning into potential mosquito breeding grounds, the state suggests:
- Discarding old tires, tin cans, ceramics pots and any other container potentially holding water
- Repair any broken septic systems
- Drain or drill holes in outdoor recycling containers
- Keep grass short and trimmed
- Clean any clogged roof gutters and drains
- Replace water in and clean decorations such as fountains and birdbaths
- Aerate or fill ornamental pools with predatory fish
The Vigo County Health Department is continuing to spray for mosquitoes, according to a news release. Click here to see the dates and areas scheduled to be sprayed by Vector Control.