Summer is in full
swing and mosquitoes are back in droves.
The Porter County
Health Department would like to remind residents to take precautions to
decrease mosquito growth and prevent mosquito bites.
West Nile Virus has
been identified in local mosquito populations and can infect humans, causing
fever, headaches, body aches, swollen glands and rash.
Severe cases can
cause neurologic symptoms and paralysis.
and your family from mosquito bites by avoiding outdoor activities between
dusk and dawn, and using insect repellent when outdoors.
If possible, wear
long pants and long sleeved shirts when outdoors.
Minimize areas of
standing water around your home to decrease mosquito breeding grounds.
Please contact the
nursing section of the Health Department if your doctor suspects you of
having West Nile Virus.
The County Health
Dept. office Portage can be reached at 759-8239; the Valparaiso office at