The detection of WNV activity is evidence that the disease is present in Hamilton County and the public should take proper precautions to stay protected.
As a response to the finding of WNV, the Health Department will increase its surveillance and control activities in the sample positive area. Adult mosquito fogging will be conducted to rapidly to decrease the number of adult mosquitoes in the sample positive area.
For optimum protection the Health Department recommends individuals:
- Wear long sleeves, pants, socks, and shoes when outdoors.
- Apply EPA approved insect repellent containing DEET, Picaridin, Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus to any exposed skin.
- Keep mosquitoes outside by keeping doors and windows closed or making sure screens are in good repair.
- Avoid outdoor activities at dusk and dawn, when the mosquitoes that transmit WNV are most active
For current information about Hamilton County surveillance and control activities, please visit at http://www.hamiltoncounty.in.gov/323/Mosquito-Control . This site will be updated with positive WNV mosquito reports and spray schedules. Use “Notify Me” link to receive future health updates. The State of Indiana WNV and St. Louis Encephalitis surveillance data can be found at https://gis.in.gov/apps/ISDH/Arbo .