West Nile virus present in all Marion County townships

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INDIANAPOLIS – The Marion County Public Health Department has found West Nile virus in mosquito samples collected in all nine townships across Marion County.

Health department officials said hot temperatures caused a surge in the number of mosquitoes carrying West Nile. There are no human cases in Marion County. West Nile activity typically picks up in July and peaks throughout August and September.

The majority of those infected with West Nile don’t develop any symptoms. Those who do will develop a fever, headache, body aches, joint pain, vomiting, diarrhea or rash. Those with preexisting conditions like cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure and kidney disease are at risk for more serious illness if infected.

Officials remind Hoosiers to take extra precaution against mosquitoes, including wearing long sleeves and pants when weather permits. Hoosiers should use insect repellants with DEET and be mindful of any standing water.

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