Indiana's First Human West Nile Virus Case Reported in Porter County
The first human case of West Nile Virus this year in Indiana has been reported in Porter County.
The Indiana State Department of Health says so far in 2014, mosquitoes in 18 counties, including Marion and Hamilton Counties, have tested positive for the virus. However, the virus may be circulating in all 92 counties.
Health officials are recommending the following preventative measures to help Hoosiers protect themselves against West Nile:
· Avoid being outdoors when mosquitoes are active (late afternoon and dusk to dawn and early morning);
· Apply insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535, oil of lemon eucalyptus or para-menthane-diol to clothes and exposed skin;
· Install or repair screens on windows and doors to keep mosquitoes out of the home; and,
· When possible, wear pants and long sleeves, especially if walking in wooded or marshy areas.
West Nile virus can cause West Nile fever, a mild 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.
People who think they may have West Nile virus should see their healthcare provider.