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Health Department warns of West Nile virus

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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.

Protect yourself 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 465-3525.



Posted 7/29/2014