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Mosquitoes test positive for West Nile in Clark County

Doug Bentfield Doug Bentfield
Carolyn Gordon Carolyn Gordon

JEFFERSONVILLE, IN (WAVE) – A mosquito pool collected in Jeffersonville tests positive for the West Nile Virus. Every couple weeks the Clark County Health Department tests samplings of mosquitoes all across the county and this is the first positive finding this season.

Carolyn Gordon has called the Ohio River in Clark County home for the last 30 years, so she has to deal with her share of insects.

"The mayflies are back," said Gordon. Mayflies may now be the least of her concerns.

The infected mosquitoes were collected near Veterans Parkway and Highway 31 and health officials believe that may not be the only place they are hiding.

"We feel confident that it is in other areas of the county," said Doug Bentfield, Clark County Health Department. "We've had West Nile in the county for several years in a row now. We've had human cases in the past, so we don't think it is going anywhere, we just need to monitor where it is going and how bad it is getting."

Louisville has already had two people test positive for West Nile and cases have been reported all across Indiana.

While a human case hasn't been reported yet in Clark County, Bentfield says people need to be aware. He says not only should you take precautions to protect yourself, but also all around you.

"If you are in an area that has a lot of pooled water around it, you should probably be cautious in those areas," said Bentfield.

Making sure to drain clogged gutters, old tires, and other sources of stagnant water which are ideal locations for mosquito breeding.

"It is alarming especially when you are living down here," said Gordon. "I think about it all the time now."

The best way to avoid mosquito bites is by using Deet and other insect repellent and wearing long sleeves and pants.

Health officials also urge you to avoid being outside during dusk and dawn, which is when mosquitoes are most active.

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