West Nile Virus identified in Kosciusko County

Kosciusko County Courthouse.
News Release

WARSAW — Kosciusko County Health Department reported evidence on Friday that West Nile Virus has been found for the first time this year in the county.

The health department issued a news release Friday morning saying that mosquitoes in Kosciusko County had tested Positive for West Nile Virus.

“Mosquitoes in Indiana can spread several different viruses, including West Nile Virus, Eastern equine encephalitis, St. Louis Encephalitis, and La Crosse Encephalitis,” said Jennifer House, DVM, a veterinary epidemiologist at the Indiana Department of Health.

“All of these viruses have the potential to cause
serious illness,” she said.

Health officials are urging Hoosiers to take precautions to protect themselves against mosquito-borne disease.

Officials say you can take precautions to avoid being bitten by wearing long sleeves/long pants, using insect repellent and avoiding wooded or marshy areas.

No other details were immediately available.