Mosquitoes carrying West Nile Virus found in South Bend

Pools of West Nile Virus positive mosquitoes have been found in eastern South Bend, according to testing by the Indiana State Department of Health.

St. Joseph County is one of 35 counties in Indiana where mosquitoes carrying West Nile Virus have been discovered so far this year.

There has been one human case of West Nile virus in Ripley County and one equine case in Adams County.

Counties with West Nile virus-infected mosquitoes include: Adams, Allen, Carroll, Clinton, Daviess, Delaware, DeKalb, Grant, Hamilton, Jay, Jefferson, Knox, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Lake, Marion, Marshall, Martin, Monroe, Montgomery, Morgan, Newton, Noble, Ohio, Parke, Steuben, Sullivan, Tippecanoe, Tipton, Starke, St. Joseph, Vanderburgh, Vigo, White and Whitley.

To ensure you don't pick up the West Nile Virus, health officials recommend avoiding places where mosquitoes are biting, applying insect repellent and when possible, wearing pants and long sleeves, especially if walking in wooded or marshy areas.

Individuals who think they may have West Nile virus should see their health care provider.

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