Two Counties in Indiana Tested Positive for West Nile Virus

Published 07/15 2014 02:28PM

Updated 07/15 2014 02:48PM

So far, two counties in Indiana have tested positive for the West Nile Virus.  Allen County is safe from the virus for now but the large amount of mosquitoes in one area has residents concerned.

Marshal and Pike counties have been confirmed.  Luckily, all Northeast Indiana counties have not been tested positive, however, Marshal County, located in Northwest Indiana is very close by causing some concern of residents and officials. 

Dave Fiess is with Allen County's Vector Control and says, "We ask the public to help themselves out and their neighbors out by cleaning out their gutters, flushing out their bird baths once a week, if they have a swimming pool or a hot tub, make sure they keep it maintained or properly covered and that cover isn't allowed to sag in with rain water because that will breed mosquitoes."

Some residents on Rosemont Drive, a neighborhood in Fort Wayne, are worried about the large population of mosquitoes on their block.  Ray Gruber, who lives on the 1700 block of Rosemont Drive, reached out to WFFT Local with his concerns.

"My son came in the house Saturday and he said 'Dad, what are all those things swimming out there where the sidewalk was', and so I went out and looked and thousands and thousands of mosquito larvae in each and every one of the pools in front of everybody's house."

There's these little nets that are in front of every house.  Residents are actually calling them mosquito breeding pools.

Mosquitoes that carry West Mile actually prefer small stagnant pools of water.  The most common symptoms of the virus include fever, headache, and fatigue.

Residents who live on the block say they have been unable to spend a lot of time outside recently because of the little pests.  John Secheverell tells WFFT construction crews haven't been doing much work in the area for the past three weeks, and that's why the pools of water have been building up.

"My sister, she's a student and she likes to do some of her studying outside and she hasn't been able to do that as much just because of the increase in mosquitoes."

Timothy Johnston says he's concerned and doesn't know what the holdup is.

"I've been trying to stay inside is what I've been doing.  I try to go out in the backyard but they just run me out.  At least drain the water out or do something."

If you have a mosquito complaint, you can contact Vector Control and Environmental Services at 260-449-7479.

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