First human case of West Nile reported in Indiana

Health officials confirm that the first human case of the West Nile Virus is now in the Hoosier state. One person from Huntington County has the virus. 

So far in 2015, mosquitoes in 27 counties have tested positive for the virus including Marshall and Elkhart counties, according to the Indiana State Department of Health press release.

The West Nile Virus is most commonly transmitted to humans by mosquitoes.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, symptoms can range from fevers to headaches, body aches, or rashes. However, about 70-80 percent of people who become infected with the West Nile Virus do not have any symptoms.

The most severe cases of the virus are weakening muscles or even death. There are no vaccinations to prevent the virus or medications to treat it. 

People can take precautions from being bit by wearing insect repellent. Mosquitoes can bite through thin clothing so wearing long sleeves, long pants, and socks can also be helpful. 

Mosquitoes breed in standing water so make sure to empty out any water that is left is flower pots, buckets, pool covers, or bird baths to avoid creating a breeding ground for mosquitoes.

If you live in Elkhart County and are worried about standing water, contact the Elkhart County Health Department.

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