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Mosquitoes with the West Nile Virus have been found in Bartholomew County.
The Bartholomew County Health Department reports that this is the first positive test reported in the county. Health Department officials say they will be concentrating their mosquito control efforts in the area that the virus has been detected. The mosquitoes were found in the area of First and Water streets in downtown Columbus.
The health department is urging you to take special precautions to avoid contracting the West Nile Virus. These include minimizing the time spent outdoors between dusk and dawn and using insect repellent containing DEET. You are also encouraged to remove all standing water from your property, as it is a breeding ground for mosquitoes.
The health department says the virus is transmitted to a human by a mosquito that has first bitten an infected bird. A person bitten by an infected mosquito may show symptoms from three to 15 days after the bite.
Last Updated: Thursday, August 29, 2013 9:47:05 AM
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