first_imgRipley County, In. — The first mosquitoes with the West Nile virus have been confirmed in Ripley County. State health officials say no cases of the sickness have been reported but residents should take precautions.“It’s the time of year when we are at greater risk for West Nile virus infection,” said Vicky Powell, Public Health Nurse/Administrator. “But there are many ways people can help protect themselves and their families. You can prevent West Nile virus infection by following some simple and effective steps to prevent mosquito bites.”Ripley County health officials say avoid being outside in late afternoon and dusk to dawn and early morning, use insect repellent that contains DEET®, Picaridin, IR3535 or oil of lemon eucalyptus, wear long sleeves or long pants, install or repair screens in the home, drain all standing water, drill holes recycling containers, keep lawns mowed short, change fountains or bird baths often and clean clogged gutters.Even though people over 50 are most at risk anyone can get the virus. Most who get the virus don’t even know they have it. Symptoms can include fever, headache, body aches, swollen lymph glands or rash. Severe cases can lead to encephalitis, meningitis and other neurological conditions. For more information go online to