Clark County Health Department has been advised by the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) that they have identified a sample of mosquitoes infected with the West Nile Virus (WNV) in Clark County. The positive mosquito sample was collected by a representative of the Clark County Health Department during routine countywide mosquito sampling. The location of the positive sample was in Jeffersonville, IN.

Although Clark County has had positive mosquito samples for several years, this is the first positive sample this year.

The Clark County Health Department will continue to collect and test mosquitoes throughout the county. The department will continue spraying pesticides until this year’s first “freezing” temperatures.

Residents of Clark County should continue to take precautions to avoid mosquito bites by using DEET and other repellants, wearing protective clothing such as long sleeves and pants, and if possible avoid being outside during dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active. The occurrence of West Nile Virus is more prevalent in the late summer and fall months when people gather at festivals, sporting games and other summer and fall events, or simply enjoying their backyards.

Most people who become infected with WNV can experience mild illness such as fever, headache, and body aches before recovering fully. However, in some individuals, especially the elderly and immune compromised, WNV can cause serious illness and even death.

Homeowners should maintain vigilance protecting their families by using mosquito repellants as directed and eliminate mosquito breeding and harboring sites on their own property. Common sources of mosquito breeding sites include clogged gutters, old tires, failing septic systems, abandoned/nonfunctional swimming pools, and other water containing items found on individual homeowner’s property.

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