INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - State officials are warning residents in
four northern Indiana counties that they are at risk of contracting
a rare mosquito-borne virus that often proves deadly.
The Indiana Board of Animal Health says a horse in Elkhart
County has been diagnosed with Eastern Equine Encephalitis and that
recent rains are breeding mosquitoes that carry the virus.
State officials say Elkhart, LaGrange, LaPorte, and St. Joseph
County residents should try to eliminate mosquito breeding areas
and wear insect repellent or long pants and sleeves outside.
Although the virus is rare, health officials say about 30
percent of people who develop the disease may die and about half of
those who survive the illness face permanent neurological woes.
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