West Nile Virus Reported in Human Case in Porter County


The first human case of West Nile virus has been confirmed in Porter County.

Mosquitoes in 18 counties have tested positive for the virus so far this year. Marshall County is one of the 18 counties, according to the Indiana Department of Health. West Nile virus may be circulating in all 92 counties and you should take precautions to protect yourself against contracting the virus.

Avoid being outdoors when mosquitoes are active which is in the late afternoon into dusk and dawn hours. Apply insect repellent that contains DEET, picaridin, IR3535, or oil of lemon eucalyptus. Wear pants and long sleeves to avoid getting bit by a mosquito.

Take measures to rid your property of items that may hold water as that is the perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes.

West Nile virus can cause West Nile fever, a mild form of the illness, which can include fever, headache, body aches, swollen lymph glands or a rash.