West Nile virus found in Johnson County

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JOHNSON COUNTY, Ind. (WISH) — Johnson County is now among three-fourths of the state where West Nile virus has been found.

Health officials are warning people to wear long sleeves and use bug spray outdoors after all but 23 Indiana counties have had mosquitoes test positive with the virus.

The virus has sickened a dozen Indiana residents so far this year, including six people in Marion, Bartholomew, Hendricks, Hamilton and Madison counties. Two Hoosiers have died this year from the disease, according to the Indiana State Department of Health.

Until the weather cools down, people can still get infected with the virus, 24-Hour News 8’s news partners at The Daily Journal report.

Health officials say standing water, like birdbaths, kiddie pools or rain gutters, can be breeding areas for mosquitoes.

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