Indiana’s 1st West Nile human case reported in Huntington

Huntington, Ind. (WANE) — A Huntington man has been confirmed as the state’s first human case this year of West Nile virus.

Newschannel 15 learned a man contracted the virus somewhere in Huntington County. The Huntington County Department of Health said the man has fully recovered from the effects of the virus and suffered only mild symptoms. He was not treated by a physician.  Only one percent of people infected contract the serious cases that cause long-term health issues.

The health department said the man, who was not identified, never left the county while he was carrying with the virus.  The risk of contracting West Nile virus will last until the first freeze of the year, likely toward the end of October.

The state Department of Health said mosquitoes in 27 other counties — out of 92 in Indiana — have tested positive for the virus so far in 2015. Those counties range the Michigan border to the Ohio River.

As a result, Indiana health officials are urging Hoosiers to take precautions. The department asks people to avoid the outdoors when mosquitoes are active from late afternoon to dawn, use insect repellent on exposed skin, and install or repair screens on windows and doors to keep mosquitoes out of the home.

Officials also urge Hoosiers to eliminate mosquito breeding grounds on their property.  Get rid of things outdoors that collect water like cans and pots.  Drill holes in the bottom of trash cans to prevent them from collecting water. Clean out the gutters, and frequently replace standing water in pet bowls and bird baths.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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