West Nile virus found in Madison County

The Madison County Health Department has found mosquitoes in that county that are carrying West Nile virus.  Department spokeswoman Kellie Kelley says the virus was found in standing water in Lapel and Elwood.  The health department will spray pesticides in those areas to kill infected mosquitoes.  Indiana’s state health department says no human has been infected this year with West Nile.  But areas in nine counties have tested positive for the virus.  The state health department suggests staying indoors when mosquitoes are biting – from dusk till dawn.  If you have to be outside, you should use insect repellant and wear long-sleeved shirts and pants to prevent bite.  The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says less than one percent of people infected with the West Nile virus actually get sick.

The Indiana State Health Department keeps a live map of where West Nile virus is found in Indiana.


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