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1st Indiana West Nile Death For 2013

10/18/2013

State health officials are reporting the first death for 2013 from West Nile virus.

Twenty human cases have been reported and mosquito samples in 87 counties have tested positive for West Nile virus. In 2012, 77 human cases and eight deaths occurred in Indiana.

 “Although we’re past the normal peak season for West Nile virus, which was in August and September,” said Jennifer House, DVM, Director of Zoonotic and Environmental Epidemiology at the Indiana State Department of Health, “there’s still a risk of becoming infected on warmer days when mosquitoes are biting, so Hoosiers should continue to take precautions.”

Mosquitoes are typically not very active below 60 degrees Fahrenheit, however until there is a hard freeze (approximately 30 degrees Fahrenheit), there is still a risk of being bitten and becoming infected with West Nile virus.

West Nile virus usually causes West Nile fever, a milder form of the illness, which can include fever, headache, body aches, swollen lymph glands or a rash. Some individuals will develop a more severe form of the disease with encephalitis or meningitis and other severe syndromes, including flaccid muscle paralysis.

 

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