Pools of West Nile virus-positive mosquitoes have been found in South Bend.
The Indiana State Department of Health's findings were announced Tuesday.
St. Joseph County is one of 27 counties in Indiana where mosquitoes carrying West Nile virus have been found so far this year.
To date, no human cases of West Nile virus have been confirmed in Indiana.
From the Indiana State Department of Health:
St. Joseph County Health Officer, Dr. Luis Galup, announced that Indiana State Department of Health testing has identified pools of West Nile Virus positive mosquitoes in South Bend. St. Joseph County is one of 27 counties in Indiana where mosquitoes carrying West Nile Virus have been found so far this year. To date, no human cases of West Nile Virus have been confirmed in Indiana. You are advised to apply personal measures to protect you and your family from mosquitoes. These activities will help reduce the risk of contracting West Nile Virus and will also help prevent other mosquito borne diseases as well.
Dr. Galup encourages you to take the following steps:
• Avoid being outdoors when mosquitoes are active (especially late afternoon, dusk to dawn, and early morning);
• Apply an EPA-registered insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535, or oil of lemon eucalyptus to clothes and exposed skin;
• Cover exposed skin by wearing a hat, long sleeves and long pants in places where mosquitoes are especially active, such as wooded areas;
• Install or repair screens on windows and doors to keep mosquitoes out of the home.
Even a container as small as a bottle cap can become a mosquito breeding ground, so residents should take the following precautions to eliminate potential breeding grounds:
• Discard old tires, tin cans, ceramic pots or other containers that can hold water;
• Repair failed septic systems;
• Drill holes in the bottom of recycling containers left outdoors;
• Keep grass cut short and shrubbery trimmed;
• Clean clogged roof gutters, particularly if leaves tend to plug up the drains;
• Frequently replace the water in pet bowls;
• Flush ornamental fountains and birdbaths periodically, and aerate ornamental pools or stock them with predatory fish;
• Turn over plastic wading pools when not in use (a wading pool becomes a mosquito producer if not used on a regular basis).
For more information about West Nile Virus, go to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website (http://www.cdc.gov/westnile/), Indiana State Department of Health website (https://www.in.gov/isdh/23592.htm), or contact the St. Joseph County Health Department at (574) 235-9573.