Important Announcement From the Clark County Health Department
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Doug Bentfield
August 31, 2017 (812) 282-7521
The Clark County Health Department has been advised by the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) that they have identified a sample of mosquitoes infected with the West Nile Virus (WNV) in Clark County. This particular sample was collected by the Town of Sellersburg within the town jurisdiction. The Town of Sellersburg has supported county efforts in recent years by trapping mosquitos throughout the town and submitting those samples to ISDH.
This is the second positive mosquito sample collected this year in Clark County, but the county has had positive mosquito samples for past several years. As of today, there have been no identified human cases of West Nile Virus infections in Clark County.
Residents of Clark County should continue to take precautions to avoid mosquito bites by using DEET and similar products as a repellant, wearing protective clothing such as long sleeves and pants, and if possible avoid being outside during dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active. The occurrence of West Nile Virus is more prevalent in the late summer and fall months when people gather at festivals, sporting games and other summer and fall events, or simply enjoying their backyards.
Most people who become infected with WNV either experience mild illness such as fever, headache, and body aches before recovering fully. However, in some individuals, especially the elderly, and immune compromised individuals; WNV can cause serious illness and even death.
Homeowners should maintain vigilance protecting their families by using mosquito repellants as directed and eliminate mosquito breeding and harboring sites on their own property. Common sources of mosquito breeding sites include clogged gutters, old tires, failing septic systems, abandoned/nonfunctional swimming pools, and other water containing items found on individual homeowner’s property.