West Nile Carrying Mosquitos In Southern Indiana

Web Producer: Amber Griswold

State health officials say an Asian mosquito capable of transmitting the West Nile virus to humans has been found in Indiana for the first time, six years after it was first documented in the United States.

The Asian bush mosquito was found in southern Indiana's Clark and Harrison counties.

State entomologist Mike Sisko says the arrival of the species, which flourishes in clogged gutters and rain-filled tires, buckets and cups, is no cause for alarm.

He says it just drives home the need for people to clean up mosquito breeding places.

With the addition of the Asian bush mosquito, Sisko says there are now six mosquito species known to occur in the state that are capable of spreading West Nile.

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, says the Asian bush mosquito has been documented in at least six other states: Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

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