— The state's first human case of West Nile virus this year has been
reported in northwestern Indiana.
officials announced Friday a case has been reported in Porter County.
Health officials are encouraging Indiana residents to take steps to
protect themselves, such as to avoid being outdoors near dusk and dawn and
to use insect repellant.
In addition to
the human case, mosquitoes in 18 counties have tested positive for the
virus this year.
The virus can
cause West Nile fever, a mild form of the illness, which can include
fever, headache, body aches, swollen lymph glands or a rash. Some
individuals develop a more severe form of the disease with encephalitis or
meningitis and other severe syndromes, including flaccid muscle paralysis.