Southern Indiana mosquitoes test positive for West Nile virus

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JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (WTHR) - Mosquito samples collected in southern Indiana have tested positive for the West Nile virus.

The Clark County Health Department said Friday the samples were collected along E. 10th Street on the east side of Jeffersonville. Clark County health officials plan to continue mosquito control efforts, WAVE-TV reported.

Officials encourage the public to use bug spray that contains DEET and wear long sleeves and pants when outside, especially during dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active. Clearing clogged gutters and emptying standing water, especially in old tires, will help eliminate mosquito breeding grounds around the house.

West Nile virus can lead to serious illnesses, especially among those with weakened immune systems. Symptoms include fever, headache and body aches.

Marion County health officials told Eyewitness News this week the mosquito population in central Indiana was kept down by torrential rain and cooler temperatures, but the 90-degree weather this week is turning stagnant pools of water into ideal breeding grounds.

"I would say a week from now we will see a lot more mosquitoes than we are seeing right now and we are already seeing a lot," Matt Sinsko said.