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Health Officials Urge To Protect Yourself From Mosquito Bites

Last updated on Tuesday, May 26, 2009

(INDIANAPOLIS) - State health officials are urging Hoosiers again this year to take steps to protect themselves from mosquito borne diseases, including St. Louis Encephalitis and West Nile Virus.

In 2008, there were three human cases of West Nile Virus in the state.

The West Nile Virus usually causes West Nile Fever, which can include fever, headache, body aches, swollen lymph glands, or a rash.

However, a small number of individuals can develop a more severe form of the disease with meningitis and other neurological syndromes, including flaccid muscle paralysis.

Health officials report individuals age 50 and over are at greatest risk for serious illness and even death from West Nile Virus.

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