Mosquitoes Carrying West Nile Virus Found in Elkhart Co.

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Mosquitoes Carrying West Nile Virus Found in Elkhart Co.

The mosquitoes were gathered and tested by the Indiana State Department of Health. More than 30 Hoosiers were infected with West Nile in 2018.

 

ELKHART, Ind. -- Mosquitoes collected in southern Elkhart County have tested positive for West Nile Virus.

The mosquitoes were gathered and tested by the Indiana State Department of Health, reports The Goshen News.

The Elkhart Co. Health Department said Wednesday that heavy rains and higher temperatures could lead to more cases of West Nile and other mosquito-borne diseases:

"With the higher temperatures and increased rainfall we have experienced in the last couple of weeks and more predicted for the future, the potential exists for individuals to be impacted soon by the West Nile Virus or other mosquito-borne diseases."

So far this year, there have been no reports of people in Indiana being infected with West Nile. Thirty-four Hoosiers contracted the virus in 2018; four of those people died.


Symptoms of West Nile Virus

1. No symptoms in most people.

2. Fever (febrile illness) in some people.

Some people (about 1 in 5) develop a fever accompanied by headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea, or rash. Weakness and fatigue can last for weeks or months.

3. Serious symptoms in a few people.
In about 1 in 150 people, West Nile can develop into a serious illness affecting the central nervous system such as encephalitis or meningitis.
Symptoms of such an infection include high fever, neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, coma, convulsions, and paralysis.

Click here for more West Nile Virus information from the CDC.

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