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Mosquitoes in Marion County test positive for West Nile virus

Mosquitoes in Marion County test positive for West Nile virus”

In a release, health officials say a single pool of West Nile Virus positive mosquitoes were found in King Hill on Monday.

There is no specific treatment for West Nile virus.

Mosquitoes in two different counties tested positive for the West Nile Virus and now health officers are urging Hoosiers to take steps to guard themselves from the insects and the diseases they'll carry.

Taryn Stevens, a zoonotic and vector-borne disease epidemiologist for the Indiana Department of Health, said she expects many other counties to find evidence of West Nile in the coming weeks.

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"Most people with West Nile virus infection don't develop any symptoms", she said.

DEET - Use insect repellent containing DEET or other EPA-approved active ingredients. People with certain medical conditions, such as cancer, diabetes and kidney disease are at greater risk experiencing symptoms which include headache, body aches, joint pains or rash.

State health officials are encouraging folks to take precautions to reduce the risk of a mosquito bite. Some people will develop a more severe type of the illness affecting the nervous system, together with inflammation in the brain and spinal cord, muscle paralysis and even death.

"Controlling New Jersey's mosquito population is a major part of protecting our public health", said DEP Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe. Areas that may need attention include flower pots, birdbaths, clogged rain gutters, plastic wading pools and wheelbarrows, and any containers or trash that may be hard to see such as under bushes, homes or around building exteriors.

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