CLARK COUNTY, Ind. (WHAS11) – The Clark County Health Department has confirmed a human case of the West Nile Virus. Doug Bentfield, a registered environmental health specialist with the health department, says that the person with the illness was hospitalized and was not elderly. However, he would not provide a description of the person or their current condition.
The illness was reported in the Charlestown area but it is unknown where the actual bite occurred. It is suspected that the person was probably bitten in early or mid-September. Bentfield does not know what specific kind of mosquito caused the illness but says that the Culex species has brought the virus to the area in the past.
The Culex species live in water with high organic content such as dirty gutters or septic tanks. They have a one-mile flight radius, so bites would occur within that range.
Bentfield reports that the county is laying out traps in an effort to help reduce the problem. He suggests the use of DEET repellent and long sleeves in the evenings to reduce the risk of being bitten.