Health officials say West Nile virus found in mosquito sample in Hendricks County

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[FILE] A generic photograph of mosquitos.

HENDRICKS COUNTY, Ind. (Aug. 7, 2015)—Hendricks County Health Department officials said one mosquito pool sample has tested positive for the West Nile virus.

Health officials are urging residents in the area to take precautionary measures to prevent mosquito bites.

“It’s important to remember that we’re in the peak West Nile virus months, which are July, August, and September,” says Julie Haan, director of Environmental Health at the Health Department. “This is when we can expect to see more mosquitoes testing positive for the virus, so it’s important to be especially careful and take proper precautions to protect yourself and your family.”

There are several measures that residents can take to eliminate mosquito breeding areas:

•    Eliminate areas of standing water on or near property
•    Repair failed septic systems
•    Dispose of old tires, cans, plastic containers, ceramic pots, or other unused containers
•    Drill holes in the bottom of recycling containers that are left outside
•    Clean clogged roof gutters
•    Drain swimming pools and keep the pool cover free of standing water
•    Aerate ornamental pools or stock them with fish
•    Keep birdbaths clean

West Nile virus can cause West Nile fever. Symptoms include fever, headache, body aches, swollen lymph glands or a rash. People over 50 or those with weak immune systems are susceptible to develop a severe form of the disease.

For more information about mosquito control, contact the Hendricks County Health Department Environmental Health Division at (317) 745-9217.

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