Vanderburgh County, Residents Taking Measures Against West Nile






Another round of mosquito testing finds more West Nile Virus in Vanderburgh County.

This is the 4th positive sample group this season. The health department is now planning to spray two Evansville neighborhoods.

The two target areas are on the east and south east side. Area one is within East Walnut, Vann Avenue, Washington and Boeke. Area two is Lincoln, South Lombard, Monroe and Vann. Both areas will be fogged tomorrow

Vann Park was empty for much of today, although if you looked close enough, you could see the occasional mosquito. And the risk of those mosquitos carrying West Nile is one reason Vanderburgh County Health Department officials are spraying this part of the city.

“We do have to watch that,” says Joe Esparza, whose granddaughter plays at the park.

“She plays over at the park a lot and when she comes over here, that’s where she wants to go,” he says. But she won’t play without protection against mosquitos.

“We have some after bite that we put on her,” Esparza says. “We have other things we can use.”

“I haven’t noticed it being particulary heavier than normal, but I know that there can be standing water at times, which is a concern,” adds Linda Litty of Evansville.

Vanderburgh County Health Department officials say four sample groups tested positive for West Nile so far this season. Keith Goy of the health department says its more than this time last year, but less than 2015, when there were 13 positive samples. Goy says the southeast side of the city sees more cases due to catch basins being more prevalent.

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“It’s definitely a concern,” Litty says.

83 of 92 Indiana’s counties are also reporting positive samples. Goy says he expects mosquito bites to pick up with temperatures and humidity forecasted to rise starting tomorrow. Esparza says he has other methods of keeping his family West Nile free.

“We have mint around the house to keep the mosquito down around the house. And we do spray our yard for mosquitos and ticks,” he says.

Health department officials say there are things residents can do to be sure they don’t get infected. Among those: limiting time outside between sunset and sunrise, wearing mosquito spray, and making sure they don’t have any standing water at their home.

(This story was originally published on September 14, 2017)

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