West Nile Virus identified in Floyd County

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UPDATE:Three additional WNV positive mosquito pools were found from trapping dates of 9/30/2019 to 10/04/2019 in central, west central, and southeastern portions of New Albany Township. 

Floyd County Health Department has been notified by the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) that they have identified a sample of mosquitoes infected with the West Nile Virus (WNV) in Floyd County.

The positive mosquito sample was collected at the beginning of August by a representative of the Floyd County Health Department during routine countywide mosquito sampling. The location of the positive sample was in New Albany, IN.

Although Floyd County has had positive mosquito samples for several years, this is the first positive sample for 2019.

Most people who become infected with WNV can experience mild illness such as fever, headache, and body aches before recovering fully. However, in some individuals, especially the elderly and immune compromised, WNV can cause serious illness and even death.

Residents of Floyd County should continue to take precautions to avoid mosquito bites by using DEET and other repellants, wearing protective clothing such as long sleeves and pants, and if possible avoid being outside during dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.

Homeowners should also be aware of their property and correct common sources of mosquito breeding sites including clogged gutters, old tires, failing septic systems, abandoned/ nonfunctional swimming pools, and other water containing items. Homeowner should also be diligent about maintaining overgrown grass, shrubs, and trees that can harbor mosquitoes during the day.

For more information on Floyd County’s West Nile Virus surveillance program or to have a mosquito trap placed at your property, please call 812-948-4726, option 2, option 1 to speak to an Environmentalist or visit our website at www.floydcountyhealth.org.

CDC Measles Vaccine Recommendations

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The CDC has had reports of 704 cases of measles in the United States between January 1st and April 26th of 2019. This is the greatest number of cases reported in the United States since 1994 and also since measles was declared eliminated in 2000. The measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccine is highly effective against measles, as two doses of the vaccine are about 97% effective in preventing the disease.

Given recent measles activity nationwide, providers may encounter questions regarding vaccination recommendations for older individuals and individuals with unknown vaccination status. Providers are encouraged to discuss measles vaccination with their patients. Current CDC MMR vaccination guidelines can be found at https://www.cdc.gov/measles/ and are given below: