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Brown becomes 5th Indiana county to find West Nile virus in mosquito

West Nile cases are starting to increase across Indiana.

BROWN COUNTY, Ind. (WTHR) — West Nile cases are starting to increase across Indiana.

Health officials in Brown County say a mosquito tested positive for the illness, according to the Brown County Democrat.

That now brings the total up to five counties that have found West Nile in mosquitoes, including Marion, Hamilton, Elkhart and Clark counties.

Fortunately, no human cases have been reported.

"Each year, we see people become ill as a result of mosquito bites," said State Health Commissioner Kris Box.. "When we find evidence of the virus in multiple counties, that means the risk is starting to increase statewide. It only takes one bite from an infected mosquito to cause a severe illness, so Hoosiers in every county should be taking precautions."

However, the health department has 32 mosquito control teams working all the time. You can ask them to spray you home or neighborhood by calling 317-221-7440 or go online.

Here are some health precautions state health officials recommend:

  • Avoid being outdoors when mosquitoes are active (especially late afternoon, dusk to dawn and early morning)
  • Apply an EPA-registered insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535, oil of lemon eucalyptus or para-menthane-diol to clothes and exposed skin;
  • Cover exposed skin by wearing a hat, long sleeves and long pants in places where mosquitoes are especially active, such as wooded areas;
  • Install or repair screens on windows and doors to keep mosquitoes out of the home.