Published: Thu, August 09, 2018
Medical | By Garry George

First case of West Nile virus found in Ada County

First case of West Nile virus found in Ada County

A county resident was released from a local medical facility after being admitted for West Nile virus-like symptoms.

The West Nile virus has been found in mosquitoes in Peoria County, the Peoria City/County Health Department reported Tuesday. The Health Unit has been trapping and testing mosquitoes since June.

Anyone who believes they, or someone they know, has West Nile Virus, should consult a healthcare provider for evaluation and diagnosis.

Mosquito bites can transmit the virus.

The Indiana State Department of Health says that the human case was confirmed Monday in Vanderburgh County and 168 mosquito samples in 27 Indiana counties have tested positive for the virus.

In 2012, the last time Dallas County saw a major outbreak of West Nile virus, 398 residents contracted the virus and 21 died.

Only one in 150 people infected by the virus will experience symptoms, and only 20% will become seriously ill. People older than 50 are most at risk for WNV infection as are those with weakened immune systems.

They are most active at dawn and dusk and will bite humans as well as other mammals and birds.

Wear long, loose and light-colored clothing.

Use insect repellent when outdoors; a repellent with DEET or Icaridin offers the most effective protection.

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