Mosquitoes test positive for West Nile in 3 counties

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) The West Nile Virus has been found in Wells, Wabash and Shelby counties, according to the Indiana Department of Health’s website.

In each county, there has been one lab-confirmed positive test in 2015. There are no human cases in Indiana.

Click here to view the health department’s current map on mosquito-borne virus activity.

Mosquitoes spread the disease after biting a bird with the virus and then biting a human. Anyone bit by a mosquito with the virus may show symptoms between three to 15 days after being bitten. Signs typically include a fever, headache, body aches, swollen lymph glands, or a rash.

The health department recommends people reduce their risk of getting West Nile by wearing bug spray containing DEET, wearing long shirts and sleeves and avoiding prime biting times from dusk to dawn.

In 2009, there were three human cases of mosquito borne diseases in the state, which include the West Nile Virus, the Eastern equine encephalitis, and the La Crosse encephalitis virus.

For more information about those mosquito borne diseases, click here.  

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