CLARK COUNTY, Ind. (WHAS11) -- Clark County Health Department is warning residents after the Indiana State Department of Health identified three pools of mosquitoes infected with the West Nile Virus in Clark County.
The positive mosquito pools were collected by a representative of the Clark County Health Department during routine seasonal mosquito sampling in Jeffersonville and Sellersburg.
The pools are the first to test positive this year, but Clark County had positive mosquito pools in past years. As of Wednesday, no identified human cases of West Nile Virus infections have been recorded by the CCHD.
The CCHD said it will continue to collect and test pools of mosquitoes throughout the county. The department will also continue applying appropriate pesticides as it has been doing throughout the season.
Residents of Clark County should continue to take precautions to avoid mosquito bites by using DEET and similar repellents, wear 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 festivals, sporting games and other summer and fall events, or simply enjoying their backyards.
Most people who become infected with virus either experience mild illness such as fever, headache, and body aches before recovering fully. However, in some individuals, especially the elderly and immune compromised individuals, West Nile Virus can cause serious illness, even death.
Homeowners should maintain their property to help eliminate mosquito breeding and harboring. Common sources of mosquito breeding sites include clogged gutters, old tires, failing septic systems, abandoned/nonfunctional swimming pools and other areas where water may collect.
Click here for more information about West Nile Virus from the CCHD, or here for the Indiana State Department of Health.