West Nile Virus Confirmed in Humans in Central Indiana
The West Nile virus has infected two people in two central Indiana counties.
The State Health Department confirms people live in Hamilton and Marion counties. Health departments first detected the virus in mosquitoes in June. Forty-four Indiana counties now have mosquitoes which have tested tested positive. Health officials say the hot, dry weather is perfect for breeding West Nile. Last year, the first human case was detected three weeks later.
The virus can cause West Nile fever. Symptoms can include fever, headache, body aches, swollen lymph glands or a rash. Some people will get a more severe illness from the virus. People over age 50 have a higher risk of contracting a more serious illness and even death from the virus.
The health department recommends applying insect repellent containing DEET, picaradin or oil of lemon eucalyptus when outside. You can help reduce the number of mosquitoes near your home by clearing up any standing water that mosquitoes could use to breed.