Marion County reports first human case of West Nile for 2013
The Marion County Public Health Department is reporting the county's first human case of West Nile virus for 2013. According to the Indiana State Department of Health, 11 human cases of the virus have now been reported statewide this year.
In 2012, Marion County reported 12 human cases of West Nile virus and two deaths related to the virus.
Even though the mosquito population continues to decrease as normal for this time of year, mosquitoes infected with the virus will remain active until the first hard freeze.
Marion County residents are encouraged to look around where they live or work for any type of container capable of holding water. Things like clogged gutters, old tires, and buckets collect water and can be a potential mosquito breeding site. Anyone going outside one hour before sunset is advised to wear long pants, long sleeves and cover any exposed skin with a repellant containing the ingredient DEET.
When a human case of West Nile virus is reported, the Marion County Public Health Department initiates a response plan which includes:
· Dispatching Environmental Health Specialists to a quarter-mile radius from the reported case to check and treat any areas of standing water.
· Providing information pamphlets about mosquitoes and West Nile virus to residents of the target area.
· Spraying at night to knock down any adult mosquitoes in the area.
Marion County residents with mosquito questions are encouraged to contact Marion County Mosquito Control at 317-221-7440.