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Pools Tested Positive for West Nile Virus in Starke County

Three pools of mosquitoes recently tested positive for the West Nile virus in Starke County.

Starke County Health Nurse Frank Lynch told WKVI that the state was doing routine testing of water in April and May that may breed West Nile-type mosquitoes and three of those pools tested positive. He added that no human cases of the West Nile Virus have been reported in Starke County.

Several other counties in the state have reported West Nile activity and only one human case was reported in Ripley County.

Health officials suggest that you apply insect repellent containing DEET, picaradin or oil of lemon eucalyptus to clothes and exposed skin. Wear pants and long sleeves at night and if you’re walking in wooded or marshy areas. Rid your property of standing water as that is a breeding ground for mosquitoes.

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