TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — The Tippecanoe County Health Department (TCHD) announced Tuesday that one mosquito group found in the county has tested positive for West Nile Virus. According to a TCHD press release, the department was notified from the Indiana State Department of Health on September 15 that the virus had been detected in a mosquito group found in Tippecanoe County on August 26.
The TCHD said this is the first time this year that a positive test has been reported in Tippecanoe County but it was expected since West Nile Virus was present in the county the past few years.
Health officials are asking citizens to take precautions when outdoors during dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active. Use insect repellant containing DEET and making sure your property is free of any standing water, which could be breeding grounds for the mosquitoes that carry West Nile Virus.
Daily updates on positive results for West Nile Virus and a virus surveillance map are available on the Indiana State Department of Health website at www.in.gov/isdh.