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West Nile virus detected for first time this year in Floyd County community


After it was reported about two weeks ago that West Nile virus had been detected in Louisville, the Indiana State Department of Health has now identified the mosquito-borne virus in Floyd County, Indiana.Fifteen positive samples were collected the week of Aug. 9 and Aug. 16 by a representative of the Floyd County Health Department during routine countywide mosquito sampling. The locations of the positive samples were located in New Albany, Indiana.Although Floyd County has had positive mosquito samples for several years, these are the first positive samples for 2021.Earlier in August, Louisville’s health department issued a warning after mosquitoes infected with the West Nile virus were found in surveillance traps in the 40205, 40212, 40214 and 40215 zip codes. More on that story here: West Nile virus-infected mosquitoes found in 4 more Louisville ZIP code areasMost people who become infected with WNV can experience mild illness such as fever, headache, and body aches before recovering fully. However, in some individuals, especially the elderly and immun0compromised, WNV can cause serious illness and even death.Connie Mendel, assistant director of the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness, said while finding mosquitoes with West Nile is not uncommon this type of year, people should take appropriate precautions while outdoors.Residents of Floyd County are advised to continue to take precautions to avoid mosquito bites by using DEET and other repellants, wearing protective clothing such as long sleeves and pants, and if possible avoid being outside during dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.Homeowners should also be aware of their property and correct common sources of mosquito breeding sites including clogged gutters, old tires, failing septic systems, abandoned/ nonfunctional swimming pools, and other water-containing items. Homeowners should also be diligent about maintaining overgrown grass, shrubs, and trees that can harbor mosquitoes during the day.For more information on Floyd County’s West Nile Virus surveillance program or to have a mosquito trap placed at your property, please call 812-948-4726, option 2, option 1 to speak to an Environmentalist or visit their website.

After it was reported about two weeks ago that West Nile virus had been detected in Louisville, the Indiana State Department of Health has now identified the mosquito-borne virus in Floyd County, Indiana.

Fifteen positive samples were collected the week of Aug. 9 and Aug. 16 by a representative of the Floyd County Health Department during routine countywide mosquito sampling. The locations of the positive samples were located in New Albany, Indiana.

Although Floyd County has had positive mosquito samples for several years, these are the first positive samples for 2021.

Earlier in August, Louisville’s health department issued a warning after mosquitoes infected with the West Nile virus were found in surveillance traps in the 40205, 40212, 40214 and 40215 zip codes.

More on that story here: West Nile virus-infected mosquitoes found in 4 more Louisville ZIP code areas

Most people who become infected with WNV can experience mild illness such as fever, headache, and body aches before recovering fully. However, in some individuals, especially the elderly and immun0compromised, WNV can cause serious illness and even death.

Connie Mendel, assistant director of the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness, said while finding mosquitoes with West Nile is not uncommon this type of year, people should take appropriate precautions while outdoors.

Residents of Floyd County are advised to continue to take precautions to avoid mosquito bites by using DEET and other repellants, wearing protective clothing such as long sleeves and pants, and if possible avoid being outside during dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.

Homeowners should also be aware of their property and correct common sources of mosquito breeding sites including clogged gutters, old tires, failing septic systems, abandoned/ nonfunctional swimming pools, and other water-containing items. Homeowners should also be diligent about maintaining overgrown grass, shrubs, and trees that can harbor mosquitoes during the day.

For more information on Floyd County’s West Nile Virus surveillance program or to have a mosquito trap placed at your property, please call 812-948-4726, option 2, option 1 to speak to an Environmentalist or visit their website.

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