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West Nile Virus Detected in Morgan County 2016

September 12, 2016


Morgan County health officials report that 1 mosquito pool collected in the Martinsville area has tested positive for the West Nile virus.  This is the first sign of the virus in Morgan County this year.


Health officials recommend that Hoosiers do the following when mosquitoes are biting:

* When possible avoid being outdoors during prime mosquito biting times, dawn to dusk.

* Apply insect repellent containing DEET to clothes and exposed skin and wear long sleeved shirts and pants.


West Nile virus is transmitted to a human by a mosquito that has first bitten an infected bird.  A person who is bitten by an infected mosquito may show symptoms from 3 to 15 days after the bite.  The virus usually causes a milder form of illness, West Nile fever, which includes fever, headache, body aches, swollen lymph glands, and sometimes a rash.


The Culex mosquito, which is the primary carrier of the West Nile virus, breeds well when the weather is hot and dry.  These mosquitoes breed in stagnant water, like that found in clogged rain gutters, ditches, catch basins, and unattended pools and bird baths.  Hundreds of mosquitoes can come from a fairly small amount of water, as in a discarded tire or an unattended flowerpot.  Health officials urge residents to remove standing water from their property to avoid having mosquitoes breed around their home.


Daily updates on positive results for West Nile virus and a virus surveillance map are available on the State Department of Health’s Web site, at http://www.in.gov/isdh/23592.htm .


EPA Superfund Site at Pike & Mulberry Streets in Martinsville

The EPA has been working on the Superfund Site at Pike and Mulberry Streets in Martinsville. This is because of a PCE Plume that was first remediated in the early 2000’s. Please see the links below for more information.

EPA Region 5

Pike and Mulberry Streets PCE Plume Site

Indiana Department of Environmental Management

IDEM Factsheet on Spill

Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry  (search for PCE)

Flyer from EPA: Testing of Homes for Vapors; Access Agreements Needed – (These were sent to a limited number of residents- only those in the path of the plume.)


Or you may contact:

Erik Hardin

Remedial Project Manager




Teresa Jones

Community Involvement Coordinator



For Testing Information:

Michael Beslow

On-Scene Coordinator