Mosquitoes

West Nile Detected In Mishawaka

Jul 2, 2020
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Heading into the July 4th weekend, the St. Joseph Co. Health Dept. has announced that West Nile has been detected in Mishawaka.

(You can learn more about it below.) 

St. Joseph County Health Officer, Dr. Robert Einterz, announced the St. Joseph County Department of Health has identified a pool of West Nile Virus positive mosquitoes in eastern Mishawaka. St. Joseph County is one of 2 counties in Indiana where mosquitoes carrying West Nile Virus have been found this year to date. There have not been any human cases of West Nile Virus in Indiana this year to date.

Freeze to Kill EEE Mosquitoes Expected at End of October

Oct 16, 2019
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It’s likely going to be a few more weeks before it gets cold enough in Michiana to kill all the mosquitoes. That’s more important this fall with the cases of a deadly mosquito-borne virus. 

Health officials and residents are waiting for the temperature to drop low enough to kill mosquitoes that could be carrying Eastern Equine Encephalitis. 

Risk Of EEE Remains Until A Hard Freeze Occurs

Oct 16, 2019

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — State health officials say a rare mosquito-borne virus that's killed one Indiana resident will remain a threat until the first hard freeze of the fall occurs.

The eastern equine encephalitis virus has been found this year in more than a dozen horses and one mosquito sample in northern Indiana.

The Indiana State Department of Health said Saturday that an Elkhart County resident had died from the virus. That person's death was Indiana's first human case of the illness since 1998 and only the fourth reported since 1964.

Beekeepers Protect Hives From Pesticide Amid Virus Fight

Oct 4, 2019
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ELKHART, Ind. (AP) — Officials in a northern Indiana county say precautions that beekeepers took prior to aerial spraying to combat a rare mosquito-borne virus apparently spared their honey-producing hives from losing bees to the pesticide.

West Nile Found In St. Joseph County, Indiana

Aug 7, 2019
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The St. Joseph County Department of Health issued the following release about West Nile Virus:

 St. Joseph County Health Officer, Dr. Luis N. Galup, announced that Indiana State Department ofHealth testing has identified pools of West Nile Virus positive mosquitoes in central South Bend. St.Joseph County is one of 13 counties in Indiana where mosquitoes carrying West Nile Virus have beenfound this year to date. There have not been any human cases of West Nile Virus in Indiana this yearto date. 

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State health officials have confirmed the presence of West Nile virus in mosquitoes in two counties, including Elkhart County, and are urging Hoosiers to take steps to protect themselves from the insects and the diseases they can carry.

 

As of July 1, mosquitoes in Elkhart and Clark counties have tested positive for West Nile virus. No human cases of West Nile virus disease have been detected so far in 2019; however, the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) expects to see increased West Nile activity throughout the state as the season progresses.

 

Ticks and Mosquitoes are Out for the Season

Jun 11, 2018
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  It’s summer time, which means it’s peak season for ticks and mosquitoes. This year is shaping up to be a very active season for ticks in particular. There are ways to prevent these nuisances while enjoying the outdoors.