Clark Co. Health Dept.: Mosquitos test positive for West Nile Virus in 2 cities

CLARK CO., Ind. (WHAS11) -- Clark County Health Department was advised by the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) that they have identified two samples of mosquitoes infected with the West Nile Virus (WNV) in Clark County.

The positive mosquito samples were collected by the Clark County Health Department during routine countywide mosquito sampling.  The positive samples were taken in Jeffersonville and Charlestown.

While the county has had positive mosquito pools for several years, this is the first positive mosquito samples this year in Clark County. As of today, there have been no identified human cases of West Nile Virus infections in Clark County.

The Clark County Health Department will continue to collect and test mosquitoes throughout the county. The department will continue spraying pesticides until the year’s first “freezing” temperatures.
Residents of Clark County are urged to take precautions to avoid mosquito bites by using DEET and similar products as a repellant, wearing protective clothing such as long sleeves and pants, and if possible avoid being outside during dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active. The occurrence of West Nile Virus is more prevalent in the late summer and fall months when people gather at outside events or simply enjoying their backyards.

Symptoms of the West Nile Virus include fever, headache and body aches before recovering fully. However, in some individuals, especially the elderly, and immune compromised individuals; WNV can cause serious illness and even death.

Homeowners should maintain vigilance protecting their families by eliminating mosquito breeding and harboring sites on their own property. Common sources of mosquito breeding sites include clogged gutters, old tires, failing septic systems, abandoned/nonfunctional swimming pools, and other water containing items found on individual homeowner’s property.

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