Marion County records 1st West Nile virus death since 2012

Marion County earlier this month had its first death caused by West Nile virus of the year.

Posted: Sep 24, 2018 4:54 PM

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Marion County earlier this month had its first death caused by West Nile virus of the year.

It was the only confirmed case of the disease this year in the county, the county health department said in a news release issued Monday afternoon.

The release did not give any information about the person who died.

"West Nile is a virus most commonly spread to people by mosquito bites in the summer and fall months." the release said. "Most people infected with the virus do not have symptoms. About 1 in 5 who are infected develop a fever with other symptoms such as headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea, or rash. Most of those recover completely, but fatigue and weakness can last for weeks or months."

Marion County last reported a death from West Nile virus in 2012.

The county employs various programs to stop the spread of the virus by trying to control the mosquito population.

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