News Releases > Woodburn to spray for mosquitoes on Wednesday
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Aug. 31, 2009). – A sample of mosquitoes collected in the 4400 block of Park Street in Woodburn has tested positive for West Nile virus.
The City of Woodburn will be spraying the area on Wednesday, Sept. 2, if the weather allows. Residents of Woodburn, who have questions about the spraying, should call 260-632-5318.
Mosquitoes can carry the West Nile virus which, when transmitted to humans, can cause symptoms such as fever, headaches, body aches, swollen lymph glands or a rash. A more severe form of the disease can lead to neurological disorders, coma and even death.
The months of August and September are the periods of highest risk for human cases in Indiana. So far in 2009, twenty counties in the state have reported finding mosquitoes positive for West Nile virus. There has been one reported human case, a fatality, in Marion County.
Residents are encouraged to prevent mosquito bites by eliminating standing water on their property, wearing long-sleeved shirts and pants and by using insect repellent.
As cold weather approaches, swimming pools that are no longer being used should be repeatedly chlorinated, tightly-covered or emptied. The covers should be pitched in the middle to prevent water from collecting.
For more information or to sign up to receive mosquito spraying notifications, visit www.allencountyhealth.com.
West Nile Virus prevention measures
Check your property for breeding sites. Eliminate any sources of standing water.
Limit time spent outdoors during peak mosquito biting times.
Wear loose, light-colored clothing, pants and long sleeve shirts.
Apply an insect repellent that contains DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or IR3535 to clothing and exposed skin.