08/14/12 The Marshall County Health Dept. reports that the level of West Nile Virus (WNV) transmission has continued to increase in Indiana. There are now both human and equine cases, and this trend is expected to continue. There have been no human cases of WNV in Marshall County at this point but mosquitoes have tested positive for the disease. There have been 4 human cases reported in other parts of the state. State health officials recommend to: avoid places where mosquitoes are biting; apply insect repellent containing DEET, picaradin or oil of lemon eucalyptus to clothes and exposed skin; install or repair screens on windows and doors to keep mosquitoes out of the home; also wear pants and long sleeves, especially if walking in wooded or marshy areas. To reduce potential mosquito 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.

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

For more information about mosquito safety, please visit the Indiana State Department of Health’s website at www.StateHealth.IN.gov. or contact the Marshall County Health Dept. 574.935.8565