Polis, Indiana (WANE)-Indiana Department of Health (ISDH) urged residents to protect themselves from mosquito bites due to reports of possible human eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) cases in Laporte County. And the virus was found in the state. Wild horses in northern Indiana.
As of September 14, two horses in LaGrange County and one horse in Kosciusko County had tested positive for the EEE virus. Because there are places suitable for mosquitoes throughout the area, residents of all counties in northern Indiana should take precautions.
FACOG State Health Commissioner Dr. Kris Box said: “Oriental equine encephalitis virus disease is rare in humans, but it can cause permanent complications and even death.” “Although all Indians are at risk of mosquito-borne diseases, Indiana Residents in the northern part of the state now need to be particularly vigilant.”
The EEE virus can cause serious diseases, and the human mortality rate is about 33% or higher. Many survivors may still have long-term complications. Symptoms of EEE virus include chills, fever, body aches and joint pain. Some people develop a more serious form of the disease that affects the nervous system and causes encephalitis or inflammation of the brain.
People under 15 and over 50 are at the greatest risk of serious illness if they are infected with the EEE virus. People who think they may have EEE virus should go to a healthcare provider.
State health officials recommend that all Indians take the following steps to prevent mosquito bites:
- Avoid being outdoors when mosquitoes are active (especially in the evening, dusk to dawn and early morning)
- Use an EPA-registered mosquito repellent on clothes and bare skin, which contains DEET, Picaridin, IR3535, lemon eucalyptus oil or 2-undecyl ketone
- In areas where mosquitoes are particularly active (such as forest areas), wear a hat, long sleeves, and long pants to cover exposed skin
- Install or repair screens on doors and windows to prevent mosquitoes from entering your home
You can eliminate mosquito breeding sites from your property by doing the following:
- Discard old tires, tin cans, ceramic cans or other containers that can hold water
- Repair septic tank system failure
- Drill holes in the bottom of the recycling container left outdoors
- Cut grass short and trim bushes
- Clean clogged roof drains, especially when leaves tend to block the drains
- Change the water in the pet bowl frequently
- Regular flushing of ornamental fountains and baths
- Aerate the ornamental pool or stock predatory fish