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CLARK COUNTY—The Clark County Health Department has been advised by the Indiana State Department of Health that additional mosquito samples have been identified with the West Nile Virus in Clark County.

As of Sept. 10, there have been a year total of four positive mosquito samples collected in Jeffersonville and two positive samples collected in Clarksville, according to a news release. These samples were collected by a representative of the Clark County Health Department during routine countywide mosquito sampling.

Health officials will continue to collect and test mosquitoes throughout the county and will continue spraying pesticides until this year’s first “freezing" temperatures.

Residents of Clark County should continue to take precautions to avoid mosquito bites by using DEET and other repellents, wearing protective clothing such as long sleeves and pants, and if possible avoid being outside during dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active. The occurrence of West Nile Virus is more prevalent in the late summer and fall months when people gather at festivals, sporting games and other summer and fall events, or simply enjoying their backyards.

Most people who become infected with WNV can experience mild illness such as fever, headache and body aches before recovering fully. However, in some individuals, especially the elderly and immune compromised, WNV can cause serious illness and even death.

Homeowners should maintain vigilance protecting their families by using mosquito repellents as directed and eliminate mosquito breeding and harboring sites on their own property. Common sources of mosquito breeding sites include clogged gutters, old tires, failing septic systems, abandoned/nonfunctional swimming pools, and other water containing items found on individual homeowner’s property.

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