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Indiana's first 2014 human West Nile case confirmed

The state’s first human case of West Nile virus this year has been reported in northwestern Indiana.


Posted on Aug. 8, 2014 at 12:00 a.m. | Updated on Aug. 8, 2014 at 1:25 p.m.

INDIANAPOLIS — The state’s first human case of West Nile virus this year has been reported in northwestern Indiana.

State health officials announced Friday, Aug. 8, a case has been reported in Porter County. Health officials are encouraging Indiana residents to take steps to protect themselves, such as avoiding being outdoors near dusk and dawn and using insect repellant.

In addition to the human case, mosquitoes in 18 counties have tested positive for the virus this year.

The virus can cause West Nile fever, a mild form of the illness, which can include fever, headache, body aches, swollen lymph glands or a rash. Some individuals develop a more severe form of the disease with encephalitis or meningitis and other severe syndromes, including flaccid muscle paralysis.


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Posted at 12:00 a.m.

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