West Nile-infected mosquitoes pose risk despite drought
INDIANA -- Despite a record-setting drought, state health officials are warning of an increased risk of mosquitoes infected with the West Nile virus.
Biologists say the drought has essentially wiped out large populations of mosquitoes born in springtime flood waters, but now there's a second breed of mosquito that has researchers on edge.
It's capable of transmitting the West Nile virus and its population is thriving.
"This is the mosquito that will breed in containers, clogged gutters pockets of water that tend to resist drying out even in the driest of conditions," said Shawn Moore of the Marion County Mosquito Control.
Health officials say people over the age of 50 are at the greatest risk for serious illness and even death from the West Nile virus.