West Nile Discovered In Ripley Co. Mosquitoes
By Travis Thayer
(Ripley County, Ind.) – Mosquitoes carrying West Nile virus have been detected in Ripley County.
The Ripley County Health Department made the announcement Tuesday. WNV is a viral disease affecting the central nervous system that can be transmitted to humans by mosquitoes.
To date, there have been no reported cases of West Nile virus in humans in Ripley County, but residents are being urged to take precautions.
“It’s the time of year when we are at greater risk for West Nile virus infection,” said Vicky Powell, Public Health Nurse/Administrator. “But there are many ways people can help protect themselves and their families. You can prevent West Nile virus infection by following some simple and effective steps to prevent mosquito bites.”
The Ripley County Health Department recommends people take the following protective steps:
- If possible, avoid being outdoors during prime mosquito biting times, especially late afternoon and dusk to dawn and early morning.
- Apply insect repellent containing DEET, Picaridin, IR3535 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.
- When possible, wear long-sleeved shirts and pants while outside.
Ripley County residents are also being advised to take steps to rid their properties of potential breeding grounds:
- Discard old tires, tin cans, plastic containers, ceramic pots or other containers that can hold water.
- Repair failed septic systems.
- Drill holes in the bottoms of recycling containers left outdoors.
- Keep grass cut short and shrubbery trimmed.
- Clean clogged roof gutters, particularly if leaves tend to plug the drains.
- Frequently replace the water in pet bowls.
- Flush ornamental fountains and birdbaths periodically.
A person bitten by an infected mosquito may show symptoms three to 15 days after the bite. However, most people who are infected will not develop any symptoms at all. Symptoms include fever, headache, body aches, swollen lymph glands or a rash.
For more information, visit the Ripley County Health Departments’ website at http://www.ripleyhealth.com.