West Nile Strikes Again in Indiana

By Peter Ambrose

June 18, 2010 Updated Oct 11, 2007 at 5:39 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The State Health Department reports three new human cases of the West Nile virus in Indiana, bringing the total reported in the state this year to 13.

Two new cases were reported in Lake County and one in Marion

The only death due to the mosquito-borne disease was reported
last month in Floyd County.

Health officials say the hot, dry weather this summer is perfect for the mosquitoes that carry the virus.

80 human cases of West Nile were reported in Indiana last year, with five deaths.

Health officials are also warning about Eastern equine encephalitis, another mosquito-borne illness that has been found in horses in Indiana and can be contracted by humans.

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