Friday, October 24, 2014
Loading...





Mosquitoes in Goshen, Nappanee found with West Nile virus

Mosquitoes have tested positive for West Nile virus in Goshen and Nappanee.
Posted on Sept. 4, 2013 at 1:00 a.m. | Updated on Sept. 4, 2013 at 2:50 p.m.

GOSHEN — Though no human or animal cases of West Nile virus have been reported in Elkhart County, more mosquitoes in the area have tested positive for the disease.

Three samples of mosquitoes collected by the Indiana State Department of Health in Goshen and Nappanee have been found with West Nile virus. If transmitted to humans, the mosquito-borne illness can cause symptoms as mild as headaches and fatigue or as severe as neurological infections.

West Nile virus transmission tends to be higher in early fall, according to the Elkhart County Health Department. Local health officials urge residents to protect themselves from mosquitoes.

“Even with the cooler temperature we experienced in the last week, the potential still exists for individuals to be impacted by the disease,” the county’s health department stated in a news release. “Cooler weather tends to force mosquitoes to seek shelter, and it is not uncommon for those mosquitoes to be found in our homes, businesses, barns and outbuildings.”

The weather is expected to be warmer over the next few days with high temperatures this weekend in the low to mid 80s. Mosquitoes typically remain active in temperatures above 60 degrees, according to the county health department.

Common precautions include using insect repellent and wearing long-sleeved clothing. The county health department advises homeowners to check their properties for areas where mosquitoes breed. Emptying containers that hold water, unclogging gutters, getting rid of old tires and repairing screens in windows and doorways can prevent mosquitoes from congregating.


Recommended for You


 This Oct. 21, 2014 photo shows political campaign signs near a state highway in Westerville, Ohio. Signs touting local and statewide candidates are in full bloom along highways, street corners and public rights of way. Enter the Columbus Sign Ninjas, a group that sprang up to take down campaign clutter from public spaces. (AP Photo/Columbus Dispatch, Fred Squillante)

Posted 44 minutes ago
 FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2014, file photo, Bellevue Hospital nurse Belkys Fortune, left, and Teressa Celia, Associate Director of Infection Prevention and Control, pose in protective suits in an isolation room, in the Emergency Room of the hospital, during a demonstration of procedures for possible Ebola patients in New York. A doctor who recently returned to New York City from West Africa is being tested for the Ebola virus. The doctor had a fever and gastrointestinal symptoms and was taken Thursday to Manhattan's Bellevue Hospital. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Posted 59 minutes ago
 In this photo taken on Oct. 12, 2014, Detroit Archbishop Allen Vigneron delivers his homily during Mass at St. Francis D’Assisi Church in Detroit. Building on the idea of flash mobs, a group called the Detroit Mass Mob picks one historic Roman Catholic church per month and encourages area worshippers to show up for a service. Its church for October was St. Francis D’Assisi. (AP Photo/Mike Householder)

Posted 59 minutes ago
Back to top ^