West Nile Virus Is Getting Transmitted By Mosquito Bite across Indiana

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It is West Nile virus season again in America, as hot summer weather creates the flawless breeding conditions for disease-carrying mosquitoes. However, people over 60 are at the greatest risk for severe disease.

The Public Health Agency of Canada estimates that an additional 18,000 to 27,000 human cases may have occurred and gone unreported, since most West Nile cases are asymptomatic. Additionally, they should remove or treat areas where water settles for several days and keep gutters and yards free of debris where mosquitoes may collect.

In 2016, MS had 43 West Nile Virus cases and two deaths.

"So the numbers could be higher, it's just that people might be getting West Nile and never getting tested because they're having mild flu-like symptoms and things like that", Lucas said. Less than 1 percent of infected people develop a serious neurologic illness, like encephalitis or meningitis.

The earliest symptoms of surviving with West Nile virus can be fever, vomiting, nausea and headache.

Health officials have confirmed Dubois and Greene County is among 64 counties across the state which have tested positive for the West Nile virus.

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It typically takes a frost or two for the last mosquito populations to die off for the year, she said. To avoid mosquito bites, wear clothes that reduce exposure or use insect repellent containing DEET, picaradin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR 3535.

Long-sleeve shirts and trousers can prevent infection, as can the use of insect repellent.

Use insect repellents when you go outdoors.

County health offficials are still treating standing water in public areas with environmentally safe larvicide and trapping mosquitos for testing, according to the announcement.

Other tips include making sure doors and windows have tight-fitting screens, repairing or replacing screens that are torn, and keeping doors and windows shut, especially at night.