Protect against West Nile Virus

West Nile virus found in bird in Chippewa County

Sample of mosquitoes tests positive for West Nile Virus in Clarksville

Health officials in Clark County, Indiana say testing on mosquitoes collected in the county came back positive for the West Nile Virus.

It has been recommended in the past that to avoid mosquito bites you should avoid being outdoors during Dusk and Dawn (the 4 Ds).

Though some people infected with West Nile virus don't get sick, it can lead to serious health complications.

Make sure windows have screens.

Clean clogged roof gutters, particularly if leaves tend to plug up the drains.

Trim tall grass, weeds, and vines since mosquitoes use these areas to rest during hot daylight hours.

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Change the water in bird baths and pet dishes at least every three days.

Landscape to prevent water from pooling in low-lying areas.

Symptoms of West Nile neuroinvasive disease include neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness and paralysis. Older adults and those with compromised immune systems are at greater risk of developing central nervous system illness that can be fatal.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Pervention reported 19 cases where people were infected as of January 17, 2017.

Thursday's operation is the first of several that the health department will carry out over the summer to eliminate mosquitoes carrying the virus. People who think they may have West Nile virus should see a healthcare provider. "The Clark County Health Department will continue to collect and test mosquitoes throughout the county". To report a sick or dead crow, blue jay, or raven, please call the Dead Bird Reporting Hotline at 1-800-433-1610.

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