Tippecanoe Health Dept.: West Nile virus found in Tippecanoe County

Desiree Burns
July 14, 2018

The mosquitos were collected in the cities of Kimmswick and Arnold near the end of June.

The DeKalb County Board of Health has trapped West Nile-positive mosquitoes in the southeast area of Tucker.

Constitution Drive in the Pembroke area.

Tests were conducted throughout the city since June, with officials confirming some of the collected mosquitoes have tested positive for WNV.

The Tippecanoe Health Department stated this does not come as a surprise due to the fact that West Nile Virus was present in the county last year, and we were expecting to see it again this year. Most humans infected with WNV have no symptoms, but some have mild flu-like symptoms and a small number developing more serious neurological disorders.

Less than one percent of people who are infected with West Nile virus will develop a serious neurologic illness such as encephalitis or meningitis.

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"Taking just a few minutes to walk around your yard or property can help reduce the mosquito population", said Matt Sinsko, coordinator of Mosquito Control at the Marion County Public Health Department.

Citizens are urged to wear insect repellent when outside. Apply according to label instructions.

Clean birdbaths and wading pools weekly.

Check window and door screens so mosquitoes can not enter the home.

The biology lab will continue to monitor and test mosquitoes and will release additional information if West Nile virus activity continues to increase and spread to other areas.

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