Editorial: Reduce West Nile risk with simple precautions




Indiana’s first human case of West Nile virus was reported recently in Porter County.

The Indiana State Department of Health said mosquitoes have tested positive for the virus in 18 counties, including nearby Marion and Morgan counties. While samples from Johnson County haven’t confirmed the presence of the virus here, health authorities believe that almost certainly if it’s not here now it will be found this season.

State Health Commissioner William VanNess said, “This is the time of the year when Hoosiers are at a risk of getting West Nile virus and other mosquito-borne viruses. You can prevent these diseases by taking precautions to avoid mosquito bites.”

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