INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Health officials say mosquitoes carrying West Nile virus have been found in Marion County.
The mosquitoes came from a surveillance trap in Washington Township.
Officials say no human cases have been reported in the county yet this year. They say most people who become infected with the virus don’t develop symptoms.
People with certain medical conditions have a greater risk of developing symptoms like body aches and rash. Less than one percent of people infected will develop a serious neurological illness such as encephalitis or meningitis, health officials say.
The public is reminded to practice the four Ds of mosquito control:
- DUSK – Stay indoors from dusk until dawn.
- DRESS – Wear long sleeves and long pants when outside during these times.
- DEET – Use insect repellent containing DEET.
- DRAINAGE – Remove all standing water outside the home.
No deaths from West Nile virus were reported in Marion County in 2013.