4 counties find West Nile in mosquitoes

The health department collects mosquitoes from traps placed in areas throughout the county to monitor the population and test for West Nile.

As of July 1, mosquitoes in Clark and Elkhart counties have tested positive for the virus. The person was not hospitalized.

No human cases of West Nile virus disease have been detected so far in 2019. Always follow the directions on the manufacturer's label for safe and effective use.

Supervisor Erin Courtney said the process helps control mosquito larvae and reduces the incidence of West Nile virus.

· Wear protective clothing outdoors such as long-sleeved shirts, long trousers and socks. Some people will develop a more severe type of the illness affecting the nervous system, together with inflammation in the brain and spinal cord, muscle paralysis and even death.

· Eliminate stagnant water in containers around homes where mosquitoes can lay their eggs (e.g. gutters, buckets, flower pots, old tires, wading pools and birdbaths). People with certain medical conditions, such as cancer, diabetes, and kidney disease, are at higher risk experiencing symptoms, which include headache, body aches, joint pains or rash.

  • Delores Daniels