The sample of mosquitoes that tested positive for the virus came from a surveillance trap located in Washington Township. Traps are currently located in areas throughout the county. The health department monitors the local mosquito population and tests daily for presence of the virus.
Hamilton county also reported that mosquitoes in Carmel’s Meadowlark Park tested positive for the virus July 21. That area will be sprayed.
Most people who are infected with West Nile virus do not develop symptoms. However, those with certain medical conditions such as cancer, diabetes and kidney disease are at greater risk of experiencing symptoms including headache, body aches, joint pains or rash. Less than one percent of people who are infected with West Nile virus will develop a serious neurological illness such as encaphalitis or meningitis.
Health officials remind everyone to observe the four Ds of mosquito control to stay protected:
- DUSK – Stay indoors from dusk until dawn. If you do spend time outdoors…
- 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.
Residents should pour out standing water in containers of any size and flush out bird baths once a week. Even small amounts of standing water are a potential mosquito breeding ground.