Rushville Republican

Health

August 24, 2012

Mosquitoes with West Nile are here

Pests with virus confirmed in Rush County

RUSHVILLE — Kim Roe, Environmental Health Specialist with the Rush County Health Department, says Rush County is positive for mosquitoes carrying the West Nile Virus in more than one area of the county. No human cases have been confirmed at this time.

"The disease is one of birds transmitted by mosquitoes, but can also cause illness in humans and horses. All citizens are urged to take precautions and check their property for any areas that harbor or provide a breeding site for mosquitoes," she said.

Roe also offered several tips for helping reduce the local mosquito population.

In your neighborhood, to protect your family and friends:

l Remove tall weeds and grass on your property.

l Repair failed or discharging septic systems.

l Dispose of, or empty, any water-holding containers on your property, like buckets or flowerpots.

l Pay special attention to discarded tires that may have collected on your

property and dispose of them.

l Drill holes in the bottom of garbage containers that are left outdoors to let water drain out.

l Clean clogged roof gutters; remove leaves and debris that may prevent drainage of water.

l Turn over plastic wading pools and wheelbarrows when not in use.

l Do not allow water to stagnate in birdbaths. Aerate ornamental ponds or

stock them with fish.

l Keep your swimming pool clean and properly chlorinated; remove standing

water from pool covers.

On the farm, to protect your livestock and investment:

l Clean live stock pens regularly and manage manure storage to avoid standing water.

l Dispose of any junk equipment that may be holding water.

l Empty stock tanks or other containers used for watering every four days.

l Maintain barnyard area to allow rainwater to drain and reduce accumulated manure. Avoid drainage to streams.

l Install gutters on buildings, including barns, so water drains and will not stand in low areas in the barnyard.

If you plan to spend time outside between dusk and dawn, be sure to use

mosquito repellent that contains DEET and follow the label directions.

Also, please visit your veterinarian and make sure your pets and livestock are up to date on their vaccinations.

For more information about mosquitoes and the viruses they may carry, contact the Rush County Health Department, Indiana State Department of

Health, Purdue Extension Services or the Board of Animal Health.

Contact: Kevin Green at 765-932-2222 x108

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