Created on Thursday, 02 October 2008 09:56

Contact: Collette DuValle, 317-373-2391

Human Case of West Nile Virus Confirmed in Marion County

The Indiana State Department of Health has confirmed a human case of West Nile virus in Marion County. This is the first confirmed human case for Marion County this year and the third reported in the state.

The Marion County Health Department learned last month that a resident was suspected to have West Nile virus. At that time the health department enacted its concentrated treatment plan. This plan is used anytime there is a suspected case and includes larviciding, daytime fogging, treatment of any catch basins in the area, checking for any unused swimming pools, standing water or unused tires that might be mosquito breeding sites. Health department officials also pass out information fliers to those living within one-quarter mile of the suspected or confirmed case with information about West Nile virus.

In 2002 Marion County reported 40 confirmed human cases of West Nile virus and 3 deaths. In 2003, Marion County reported 2 human cases and no deaths. In 2004 there were no human cases and no deaths. In 2005 Marion County documented 2 human cases of West Nile virus with no deaths. In 2006 there were 2 human cases of West Nile virus and 1 death.

Marion County residents who have questions about mosquitoes or West Nile virus can call the Marion County Health Department at 221-7440.