A sample of mosquitoes in Floyd and Clark County, Ind., have tested positive for West Nile Virus, according to the Indiana State Department of Health.
They found the virus in mosquitoes while conducting seasonal sampling in Jeffersonville always had positive mosquito pools during past years.
As of now, officials do not believe there are any human cases of West Nile Virus infections in Clark County.
West Nile was discovered in mosquitoes from two different samples taken in Floyd County, according to the health department website.
No incidence of the disease have been found in samples taken in Harrison County, according to the health department.
The Clark County Health Department said they will continue spraying pesticides until the first freezing temperatures reach the area.
Until then, they urge residents to take precautions by using DEET and other forms of repellant, wearing long sleeve clothing or pants, and if possible, avoid being outside around dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.
The Floyd County Health Department website states: “The Floyd County Health Department is utilizing a number of methods to combat the mosquito population. Those methods include the use of mosquito larvicide’s to prevent the larvae from reaching maturity, the use of mosquito pesticides and by cooperating with the community to help prevent the spread of mosquito borne illness.”
Some of the symptoms of West Nile Virus include fever, headache and body aches.
For more information on West Nile Virus visit www.clarkhealth.net or http://www.in.gov/isdh/23592.htm for more information.