First Human Case of West Nile Virus in Indiana

The first case of the West Nile Virus has been reported in Indiana. Someone in Huntington County has tested positive for the virus. Currently there are 27 counties that have had the mosquitoes in the area test positive for the virus. Among these counties are Boone, Hendricks and Montgomery counties. Symptoms of the West Nile Virus include swollen lymph glands, rash, fever and headaches. More severe cases include meningitis, flaccid muscle paralysis, encephalitis and death. To help keep yourself protected you need to reduce exposure to mosquito breeding grounds. Mosquitoes like to breed in any area that contains still water. Eliminating this environment as well as using bug spray should reduce exposure to mosquitoes. Anyone who thinks they may have been infected by the virus should seek a health care professional.

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