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Another Virus: West Nile in Dubois County


A different virus has been detected in Dubois County. 

The Dubois County Health Department is reminding residents to stay vigilant against the West Nile Virus and other mosquito-borne diseases. 

In a release, the agency said a recent sample of mosquitoes tested positive for West Nile.

Dubois health officials urge you to protect yourself from being bitten by mosquitoes.

The department recommends you apply insect repellent containing DEET, wear light colored clothing, avoid wet, highly vegetative areas, and avoid being outdoors during prime mosquito biting times, dusk to dawn, when possible.

You can prevent mosquitoes from breeding by eliminating standing water and tall vegetation on your property.

The department says even a small bucket of water can produce up to a 1,000 mosquitoes in just a few days.  

Symptoms of West Nile include high fever, severe headache, stiff neck, muscle weakness, nausea, vomiting, and confusion.

West Nile can also infect domestic animals and is often fatal in horses.