TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - The Vigo County Health Department says a pool of mosquitoes in the county tested positive for West Nile.
The health department says the pool was collected earlier this month, on September 3.
In a release, the health department doesn't say where exactly the sample was collected.
Roni Elder, the Vigo County Health Educator, says that mosquito season may be ending soon.
"Mosquito season will pretty much be over after the first frost. We're getting close to that, but you should still continue to protect yourself," said Elder
Other counties in the Wabash Valley also have cases of the virus in mosquito samples. There are no reported human cases of West Nile in the Wabash Valley.
- Vermillion County: Two mosquito infections
- Vigo County: Three mosquito infections
- Sullivan County: One mosquito infection
- Knox County: Two mosquito infections
- Daviess: One mosquito infection
Here's how you can help protect yourself from West Nile:
- Avoid being outdoors when mosquitoes are active (late afternoon and dusk to dawn and early morning);
- Apply insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535, oil of lemon eucalyptus or para-menthane-diol, 2-undecanone to clothes and exposed skin;
- Install or repair screens on windows and doors to keep mosquitoes out of the home; and,
- When possible, wear pants and long sleeves, especially if walking in wooded or marshy areas.
To help stop the spread of West Nile you can do the following:
- Discard old tires, tin cans, ceramic pots or other containers that can hold water;
- Repair failed septic systems;
- Drill holes in the bottom of recycling containers left outdoors;
- Keep grass cut short and shrubbery trimmed;
- Clean clogged roof gutters, particularly if leaves tend to plug up the drains;
- Flush ornamental fountains and birdbaths periodically; and,
- Aerate ornamental pools, or stock them with predatory fish.