West Nile found in mosquitoes in 2 Indiana counties

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Indiana health officials say they are seeing the first signs of West Nile virus in the state this year.

The Indiana Department of Health said Thursday that mosquitoes in Hamilton and Allen counties have tested positive for the disease. Veterinary epidemiologist Jennifer House says that puts people at a higher risk of infection.

More than 20 Indiana residents have died from West Nile virus since 2002. The virus was found in 54 of Indiana's 92 counties last year and one person died.

Health officials recommend residents avoid being outdoors from dusk to dawn, use insect repellant, remove items that can hold standing water and wear long-sleeved shirts and pants when outdoors when possible.

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