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Location: 2242 Carroll Rd, Fort Wayne, IN 46818 • Hours: 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 to 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday
Meet the Staff: Tom McCue, BS, Env. Health Specialist II; Francis Koch, Env.Technician; Pat De Haven, Secretary; Seasonal Mosquito Technicians
Mosquitoes - Diseases
Mosquitoes kill more people than sharks, but people are more afraid of sharks than mosquitoes. The insects are responsible for the spread of many diseases throughout the world. Yellow fever, malaria, dengue, and elephantitus are common in tropical regions. For those of us living in the Midwest, encephalitis is the disease of most concern.
Encephalitis is an inflammation of the brain, which can be caused by a mosquito-borne virus. The onset of the disease is usually sudden and the symptoms may include high fever, headache, nausea, vomiting, stiff neck, dizziness, drowsiness progressing into a coma, muscular twitching, and convulsions. Some patients have speech difficulties, are mentally confused, lethargic, and show tremors of the tongue, lips, and hands, while others are irritable, confused or irrational. In some cases, there may be spastic paralysis. The eyes may be involved, causing double vision in the individual. Reflexes, such as the knee jerk, are exaggerated.
In Indiana, there are four kinds of mosquito-borne encephalitis of major concern: West Nile virus (WNv), LaCrosse Encephalitis (LAC), St. Louis Encephalitis (SLE), and Eastern Equine Encephalomyelitis (EEE).
WEST NILE VIRUS
- 2013 Allen County Mosquito Test Results
- Indiana WNv Activity (ISDH)
- National WNv Human Case Activity (CDC)
- National WNv Disease Maps (CDC)
- Allen County WNv Tally, 2002 - 2013
- WNv Flyer (CDC)
- WNv Fact Sheet (CDC)
- WNv Fact Sheet
- WNv - Commonly Asked Questions
- WNv Brochure
- ¿Qué es el Virus Del Nilo Occidental?
- WNv and Pets
- WNv (Purdue University)
WNv Information for Health Professionals
ST. LOUIS ENCEPHALITIS
EASTERN EQUINE ENCEPHALITIS
When traveling to other parts of the world, check the CDC's website to determine if any prevention measures are necessary for mosquito-borne diseases, such as chikungunya, dengue, malaria, and yellow fever.
WHAT DO I DO WITH THE DEAD BIRD I FOUND?
The Fort Wayne - Allen County Department of Health does not pick up dead birds. We would like you to still call in with the address where the bird was found (260 449-7459). We use the Department's Geographic Information System (GIS) to map the locations of dead birds and place adult mosquito traps wherever there are clusters of dead birds. The bird can be picked up by an inverted bag or shovel. Place the bird in a bag, tie the bag, and place it into another bag. Then dispose of in the trash.
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