State health officials say two central Indiana residents have contracted the West Nile virus, becoming the state's first two human cases of the mosquito-borne illness this summer.
The Indianapolis Star reports (http://indy.st/Pvwklq ) that one person in Hamilton County another one in Marion County have tested positive for the virus.
Officials say that even though there are fewer mosquitoes than last year due to the hot, dry weather, a higher percentage of the insects carry the virus.
Health officials say they have found the virus in mosquitoes in 44 counties.
More than 20 Indiana residents have died from West Nile virus since the state's first human cases were reported in 2002. The virus is transmitted to humans by mosquitoes that have bitten an infected bird.