Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

October 5, 2013

Decatur County mosquito tests positive for West Nile virus

Greensburg Daily News

---- — GREENSBURG — The Decatur County Health Department has announced that Decatur County is positive for mosquitoes carrying the West Nile Virus.

No human cases have been confirmed at this time. Although we are approaching the end of mosquito season, the mosquitos that harbor the West Nile virus will continue to be active until the first hard freeze. The disease is one of birds, transmitted by mosquitoes, but can also cause illness in humans and horses. All citizens are urged to take the following precautions and check your property for any areas that harbor or provide a breeding site for mosquitoes.

In your neighborhood, to protect your family and friends:

• Remove tall weeds and grass on your property.

• Repair failed or discharging septic systems.

• Dispose of, or empty, any water-holding containers on your property, like buckets or flowerpots.

• Pay special attention to discarded tires that may have collected on your property and dispose of them.

• Drill holes in the bottom of garbage containers that are left outdoors to let water drain out.

• Clean clogged roof gutters; remove leaves and debris that may prevent drainage of water.

• Turn over plastic wading pools and wheelbarrows when not in use.

• Do not allow water to stagnate in birdbaths. Aerate ornamental ponds or stock them with fish.

• Keep your swimming pool clean and properly chlorinated; remove standing water from pool covers.

On the farm, to protect your livestock and investment:

• Clean livestock pens regularly and manage manure storage to avoid standing water.

• Dispose of any junk equipment that may be holding water.

• Empty stock tanks or other containers used for watering every four days.

• Maintain barnyard area to allow rainwater to drain and reduce accumulated manure. Avoid drainage to streams.

• Install gutters on buildings, including barns, so water drains and will not stand in low areas in the barnyard.

If you plan to spend time outside between dusk and dawn, be sure to use mosquito repellent that contains DEET and follow the label directions. Also, visit your veterinarian and make sure your pets and livestock are up to date on their vaccinations.

Individuals who think they may have West Nile virus should see their health care provider

For more information about mosquitoes and the viruses they may carry, contact the Decatur County Health Department, Indiana State Department of Health, Purdue Extension Services, or the Board of Animal Health.

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