Marion County Reports First Human Case of West Nile Virus for 2013

October 4, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS – The Marion County Public Health Department reports the first human case of West Nile virus for 2013. According to the Indiana State Department of Health, 11 human cases of the virus have now been reported statewide this year.

In 2012, Marion County reported 12 human cases of West Nile virus and two deaths related to the virus.

Even though the mosquito population continues to decrease as normal for this time of year, mosquitoes infected with the virus will remain active until the first hard freeze.

“As long as mosquitoes are still biting, everyone should take the necessary steps to protect themselves,” said Chuck Dulla, administrator of the Marion County Public Health Department Mosquito Control program.

Marion County residents are encouraged to look for any container capable of holding water. Clogged gutters, old tires, buckets and anything that holds water is a potential mosquito breeding site. Those going outside one hour before sunset are advised to wear long pants, long sleeves and cover any exposed skin with a repellant containing the ingredient DEET.

When a human case of West Nile virus is reported, the Marion County Public Health Department initiates a response plan which includes:
• Dispatching Environmental Health Specialists to a quarter-mile radius from the reported case to check and treat any areas of standing water.
• Providing information pamphlets about mosquitoes and West Nile virus to residents of the target area.
• Spraying at night to knock down any adult mosquitoes in the area.

Marion County residents with mosquito questions are encouraged to contact the Mosquito Control Division at 317-221-7440.

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Curt Brantingham
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