By Mike Perleberg
(Brookville, Ind.) – West Nile Virus has been detected in Franklin County.
The Indiana State Department of Health says a batch of mosquitoes in Franklin County has tested positive for carrying the potentially deadly illness.
This past summer, West Nile was detected in mosquitoes in Ohio County. One human was confirmed to have the illness in Ripley County, the first of what is now 11 cases statewide.
Health officials have found West Nile Virus in 454 other batches of mosquitoes in all but eight counties. Those eight counties include Dearborn, Ripley, and Switzerland counties.
The state health department recommends using bug repellant or wearing long, light-colored clothing outdoors until the first hard freeze kills off most mosquitoes. More information on mosquitoe borne illnesses and how to prevent them can be found at http://www.in.gov/isdh/23592.htm.