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Indiana Sees High Number Of West Nile Cases

Indiana has seen more than 45 human cases of West Nile virus this year, compared to just over ten last year.

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Mosquitoes carry West Nile virus.

Indiana could see a record number of West Nile cases before the year’s end, according to the Indiana State Department of Health.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data released last week shows a record number of people have been infected with West Nile so far this year when compared with data for the same time period in previous years. The CDC has seen more than 2,600 cases of the virus this year.

Indiana State Department of Health entomologist Bryan Price says health officials are estimating that number will only increase in the coming month.

“This was the fourth highest number of human cases that we’ve had since West Nile come to the United States and we anticipate we will end up more,” Price says.

Price says Indiana is seeing a similar trend. It has seen 46 human cases, 33 more than the  13 human cases the state saw last year.

But he says additional rainfall could bring some respite.

Price says the lack of rainfall earlier in the summer means the state’s creeks are not flowing as normal, creating stagnant pools of water ideal for mosquito breeding.

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