MOSQUITOES TEST POSITIVE FOR WEST NILE IN RANDOLPH COUNTY INDIANA

Randolph County Indiana Health Department

MOSQUITOES TEST POSITIVE FOR WEST NILE IN RANDOLPH COUNTY

The Indiana State Department of Health recently collected samples of mosquitoes in Randolph County that have tested positive for West Nile Virus. The Randolph County Health Department urges all county residents to protect themselves from diseases carried by mosquitoes such as West Nile Virus, Eastern Equine Encephalitis, and St. Louis Encephalitis through the rest of the mosquito season. An interactive map of West Nile activity in Indiana by county may be found online at
http://www.in.gov/isdh/23592,htm.

Mosquitoes will remain active as warm weather persists, but there are several things you can do to protect your family and to reduce your risk of becoming infected. If possible, avoid outdoor activities from dusk until dawn, when mosquitoes are most active. If you will be outdoors during this time, wear long sleeves and pants, and be sure to apply an EPS-registered insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535, oil of lemon eucalyptus or para-menthane-diol to clothes and exposed skin. Continue to protect yourself until after the first hard freeze of the year. Mosquitoes breed in stagnant water so residents should eliminate areas of standing water on or near their property by disposing of old tires, cans, and other containers that may hold water. Residents should clean out clogged gutters and stagnant water in bird baths or wheel barrows. Even a container as small as a bottle cap can become a mosquito breeding site.

West Nile virus is transmitted to humans when they are bitten by an ifected mosquito. Most people infected with West Nile Virus show few or no symptoms. People over the age of 50 or who have compromised immune systems are a higher rist for severe illness. Symptoms include fever, headache, neck stiffness, nausea, vomiting and sore joints, and usually occur 3-15 days after being bitten by an infected mosquito. More severe infections are marked by rapid onset of a high fever with head and body aches, stiff neck, muscle weakness, disorientation, tremors, encephalitis (inflammation of the brain) or meningitis (inflammation of the tissues that cover the brain and spinal cord), convulsions and, in the most severe cases, coma or paralysis. In some individuals, West Nile Virus can cause permanent neurological damage or death. See your doctor immediately if you have symptoms of the disease.

Questions about West Nile Virus may be directed to the Randolph County Health Department at 765-584-1155. The Health Department is located at 325 S. Oak St., Winchester, IN and office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00am-4:00pm. West Nile Virus information and brochures are available to the public during office hours.

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