Human case of West Nile virus confirmed in Marion County

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Sept. 3, 2015)– The Marion County Public Health Department reported the county’s first human case of West Nile virus for 2015 on Thursday.

Mosquitoes carrying the virus have been found in all Marion County townships.

Most who become infected with West Nile virus do not develop symptoms. Less than one percent of people who are infected with West Nile virus will develop a serious illness such as encephalitis or meningitis.

The last death in Marion County from West Nile virus was reported in 2012. Earlier this year, human cases were also reported in Huntington and Madison counties.

Mosquito activity in the county remains high and Hoosiers are encouraged to protect themselves. This includes staying inside as much as possible after dusk when mosquitoes are most active, wearing long pants and long sleeves if outside after dusk and using a mosquito repellent containing the ingredient DEET.

People with certain medical conditions, such as cancer, diabetes and kidney disease are at greater risk for experiencing symptoms which include headache, body aches, joint pains or rash.

Marion County Mosquito Control will take these extra steps:

  • Dispatch Environmental Health Specialists to a quarter-mile radius from the reported case to check and treat any areas of standing water.
  • Provide information pamphlets about mosquitoes and West Nile virus to residents of the target area.
  • Spray at night to knock down any adult mosquitoes in the area.

Mosquitoes infected with the virus will remain active until the first hard freeze. Residents with questions can call Mosquito Control at 317-221-7440.