No human cases of West Nile virus have been confirmed in Indiana, though three counties have confirmed the presence of West Nile virus pools of mosquitoes. Allen, Adams and Hamilton counties reported to the State Department of Health that they’ve found mosquitoes that have tested positive for the virus, though no human cases have been found in the state.
The first signs this year of the West Nile virus were confirmed in Indiana in June, earlier than normal for the state. It’s commonly found throughout the state in the summer and there will likely be an increase in activity as the season progresses. Last year, West Nile virus was found in mosquitoes in every county except Crawford County.
You are urged to take protective steps to avoid getting the West Nile virus. Avoid being outdoors during prime mosquito biting times from dusk to dawn; apply insect repellent containing DEET, picaradin or oil of lemon eucalyptus to clothes and exposed skin; install or repair screens on windows and doors to keep mosquitoes out of your home; and wear long-sleeved shirts and pants while outside.
To reduce potential mosquito breeding grounds: discard old tires, tin cans, ceramic pots or other containers that can hold water; repair failed septic systems; drill holes in the bottom of recycling containers left outdoors; keep grass cut short and shrubbery trimmed; clean clogged roof gutters, particularly if leaves tend to plug up the drains; frequently replace the water in pet bowls; flush ornamental fountains and birdbaths periodically; and aerate ornamental pools, or stock them with predatory fish.