West Nile Virus confirmed in mosquitoes across Marion County

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The Marion County Public Health Department says it's found West Nile virus in mosquito samples collected in all nine townships across Marion County.

The recent hot temperatures have caused an increase in the number of mosquitoes that carry West Nile virus. No human cases of the virus have been confirmed in Marion County.

West Nile virus activity in mosquitoes usually increases in July and peaks through the month of August and into September.

Everyone who takes part in outdoor activities this Labor Day weekend is reminded to take extra precautions to decrease the chance of being bit by mosquitoes:

· Stay indoors from dusk until dawn.

· Weather permitting, wear long sleeves and long pants if you go outside during these times.

· Use insect repellent containing DEET.

· Remove all standing water outside the home.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 70-80 percent of people who become infected with West Nile virus do not develop any symptoms. About 1 in 5 of those who are infected will develop a fever with other symptoms such as headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea or rash. People with certain medical conditions, such as cancer, diabetes, hypertension and kidney disease are at greater risk for serious illness if infected with West Nile virus.

If you are concerned about mosquito activity in your area, call Marion County Mosquito Control at 317-221-7440.