Three mosquitoes found in Boone County, and sent to the Indiana State Department of Health labs for testing, were infected by West Nile virus, the Indiana State Department of Health said.
It is the first time this season that WNV had been found in Boone County, said Cindy Murphy, RN, administrator of the Boone County Health Department. Last year’s first positive test of WNV-infected mosquitoes came in July.
The disease is transmitted to humans by infected mosquitoes.
“Once West Nile virus is detected in mosquitoes, people are at greater risk of infection,” Murphy said.
“West Nile Virus is commonly found throughout the state each summer, and it is anticipated there will be an increase in activity in more counties as the season progresses,” the ISDH said.
Only one person has been infected this season, the ISDH said. That case was reported in Ripley County, although it is ISDH policy to not identify the victim, so the person’s home location is unknown.
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