Health officials warn against mosquito-borne diseases

Mosquitoes in Indiana, and all around the country, can carry diseases such as West Nile. The symptoms are similar to the flu.

Posted: Aug. 2, 2018 5:44 PM

ALLEN COUNTY, Ind. (WFFT)- Allen County health officials are warning against mosquito-borne diseases as we head into August.

Mosquitoes in Indiana, and all around the country, can carry diseases such as West Nile. The symptoms are similar to the flu. Anyone over the age of 50 or those with compromised immune systems are more susceptible to severe illnesses.

That's why anyone outside is urged to use bug repellent. 

"The type of mosquitoes that can carry West Nile virus, they like to breed in very shallow, stagnant water. You might have a bucket of nasty water sitting on your back porch. That's going to breed these type of mosquitoes. Unrimmed tires sitting out by your garage, those could breed these type of mosquitoes. Your unmaintained swimming pool will breed these type of mosquitoes," said David Fiess with the Allen County Health Department. 

If you think you may have come into contact with West Nile, you should contact your primary health provider immediately.

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