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Mosquitoes Carrying West Nile Virus Found in Marion County

The Marion County Public Health Department reports the first mosquitoes of the season found carrying West Nile virus. The Mosquito Control program checks surveillance traps around Marion County each day to monitor the local mosquito population and test for West Nile virus.

When mosquitoes from a trap test positive for West Nile virus, Mosquito Control increases its prevention efforts during daytime and evening hours in the area where the trap is located.

No human cases of the virus have been reported so far this year in Marion County.

Most people who become infected with West Nile virus do not develop any symptoms, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. People with certain medical conditions, such as cancer, diabetes and kidney disease are at greater risk experiencing symptoms which include headache, body aches, joint pains or rash. Less than one percent of people who are infected with West Nile virus will develop a serious neurological illness such as encephalitis or meningitis.

The Marion County Public Health Department reminds everyone to stay protected from mosquito bites by following the Four D’s of Mosquito Control:

  • 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.

“Even a small amount of standing water outside is a potential breeding ground for mosquitoes,” said Matt Sinsko, coordinator of Mosquito Control at the Marion County Public Health Department. ”We encourage residents to empty water from containers of any size and flush out bird baths every week. Check for old tires, clogged gutters, small recreational pools, and poorly operating septic systems.”

For questions about mosquito prevention, please call the Marion County Public Health Department’s Mosquito Control program at 317-221-7440.

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Mosquitoes Carrying West Nile Virus Found in Marion County

The Marion County Public Health Department reports the first mosquitoes of the season found carrying West Nile virus. The Mosquito Control program checks surveillance traps around Marion County each day to monitor the local mosquito population and test for West Nile virus.

When mosquitoes from a trap test positive for West Nile virus, Mosquito Control increases its prevention efforts during daytime and evening hours in the area where the trap is located.

No human cases of the virus have been reported so far this year in Marion County.

Most people who become infected with West Nile virus do not develop any symptoms, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. People with certain medical conditions, such as cancer, diabetes and kidney disease are at greater risk experiencing symptoms which include headache, body aches, joint pains or rash. Less than one percent of people who are infected with West Nile virus will develop a serious neurological illness such as encephalitis or meningitis.

The Marion County Public Health Department reminds everyone to stay protected from mosquito bites by following the Four D’s of Mosquito Control:

  • 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.

“Even a small amount of standing water outside is a potential breeding ground for mosquitoes,” said Matt Sinsko, coordinator of Mosquito Control at the Marion County Public Health Department. ”We encourage residents to empty water from containers of any size and flush out bird baths every week. Check for old tires, clogged gutters, small recreational pools, and poorly operating septic systems.”

For questions about mosquito prevention, please call the Marion County Public Health Department’s Mosquito Control program at 317-221-7440.

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Marion County Reports Human Case of West Nile Virus

The Marion County Public Health Department is reporting the county’s first human case of West Nile virus for 2015. Mosquitoes carrying West Nile virus have been found in surveillance traps in all townships of Marion County.

Health Department Updates Human Cases and Deaths of West Nile Virus in Marion County

The Marion County Public Health Department announced September 6, 2012 that there is a second death in Marion County from West Nile Virus and the number of human cases continues to rise with ten as of today.

  1. 2011- 1 human case and no death
  2. 2010- 3 human cases and no death
  3. 2009- 1 death
  4. Since 2002 to date, there have been over 60 human cases of West Nile virus.

Residents are encouraged to protect themselves from West Nile virus and other mosquito-borne diseases. West Nile virus transmission within the mosquito populations is currently much higher than in previous years.

Continue to follow the 4 D’s. DEET, DUSK/DAWN, DRESS, and DRAIN.

  1. DEET is an important ingredient to look for in your insect repellent.
  2. DUSK/DAWN is the best time of day to stay inside because that is when mosquitoes are active. This is also when infected mosquitoes are most active.
  3. DRESS in long sleeves and long pants when you’re outdoors. For extra protection, you may want to spray your clothing with repellent.
  4. DRAIN standing water in your back yard and neighborhood

The Marion County mosquito control department continues to monitor the county and investigates areas where there are infected adult mosquitoes. Once identified these areas will be treated for two consecutive nights. Surveillance sites located throughout the county are used to trap mosquitoes that are then tested by the health department’s laboratory staff.

For more information about mosquito control services, contact 317-221-7440

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