Mosquitoes in both Marion County and Hamilton County test positive for West Nile virus

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (July 22, 2015)--  The Marion County Public Health Department says mosquitoes carrying West Nile virus have been found. There have been no human cases reported yet. Mosquitoes in Hamilton County have also tested positive for the virus.

The health department says the sample of mosquitoes came from Washington Township, and it's typical that the virus is found in Marion County in July.

Most people infected with West Nile virus do not develop any symptoms.

Those with certain medical conditions, such as cancer, diabetes and kidney disease are at greater risk experiencing headache, body aches, joint pains and rash.

The health department says less than one percent of people who are infected with West Nile virus will develop a serious neurological illness like encephalitis or meningitis.

Standing water should be dumped out and bird baths should be flushed and cleaned every week. Any amount of standing water can be a potential mosquito breeding ground.

The health department reminds Hoosiers to observe "the four Ds" of mosquito control to stay protected from bites:

  • Dusk: Stay indoors from dusk until dawn. If you do spend time outdoors:
  • Dress: Wear long sleeves and long pants when outside during these times.
  • DEET: Use insect repellent containing DEET.
  • Drainage: Remove all standing water outside the home.