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South Bend mosquitoes test positive for West Nile virus, residents concerned

NOW: South Bend mosquitoes test positive for West Nile virus, residents concerned

SOUTH BEND, Ind – St. Joseph County Health officials have confirmed the presence of the West Nile Virus in mosquitoes from South Bend.

“This is the second year in a row that we’ve found pools of mosquitoes that contain the West Nile virus,” St. Joseph County Health Officer Dr. Luis Gallup said.  

The West Nile Virus is often transmitted from mosquitoes to humans. 

The virus can go undetected not showing any symptoms, to symptoms of a rash or fever, to severe issues such as encephalitis. 

Health officials warn people against keeping standing water on their property and advocating for wearing mosquito repellent.  

South Bend resident Viola Woods says the discovery concerns her. 

“I am concerned not just because of the test result but I have been concerned with mosquitoes for a while,” Woods said.

South Bend resident Melissa Woods said she’s not very concerned but she still takes the necessary precautions to remain safe. 

There have not been any cases of the virus in humans in Indiana to date but health officials are reminding people to remain vigilant. 

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