INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - Friday, state health officials announced Indiana's first West Nile death of 2013.
"Although we're past the normal peak season for West Nile virus, which was in August and September," said Jennifer House, DVM, Director of Zoonotic and Environmental Epidemiology at the Indiana State Department of Health, "there's still a risk of becoming infected on warmer days when mosquitoes are biting, so Hoosiers should continue to take precautions."
The death was in Vigo County.
Currently, 20 human cases have been reported. Mosquito samples in 87 counties have tested positive for the virus.
Last year, eight deaths and 77 human cases were reported in Indiana.
State health officials urge you to take the following precautions in order to protect yourself against West Nile Virus:
· 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;
· Avoid places where mosquitoes are biting; and,
· When possible, wear pants and long sleeves, especially if walking in wooded or marshy areas.
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