West Nile Virus found in Bartholomew County

The West Nile Virus has been found in Bartholomew County. The county health department announced Friday that they have collected mosquitoes that tested positive for the virus. Officials say they will be concentrating their mosquito control efforts in the areas where West Nile was found.

There have been no human cases reported, but you should still take efforts to protect yourself. Authorities say that you should take extra precautions when mosquitoes are most active, between dawn and dusk. That includes using an insect repellent containing DEET and covering as much of your skin as possible. Other steps you should take include removing standing water from your property and fixing any malfunctioning septic systems.

Health officials say that most people who get infected with the West Nile Virus will have no symptoms, or very mild ones. A few may get more severe symptoms, like high fever, headache, stiff neck, muscle weakness and confusion. Those most susceptible to disease are those over the age of 50 and those with weakened immune systems.