West Nile Virus has been found in Montgomery County.

"We don't want to alarm people," Montgomery County Sanitarian Shari Harrington said. "We just want to get the word out. The Montgomery County Health Department, along with the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) has been trapping mosquitoes this summer and early fall."

Harrington said that after trapping the mosquitoes, they are taken to an ISDH laboratory to be tested. She said that her office was informed that they found a pool of mosquitoes infected with West Nile Virus in southern Montgomery County.

"The residents of Montgomery County need to take precautions to avoid mosquito bites," Harrington said. "Use DEET as a repellent. Most people think that since the cooler weather is approaching that they do not need to use repellent. Nothing could be further from the truth. The occurrence of West Nile Virus is more prevalent in the late summer months and fall months."

Harrington said that so far the virus has only been found in the mosquitoes.

"There are no confirmed cases of human West Nile Virus transmission," she said.

While the virus was located in the southern part of the county, the whole county needs to take precautions, Harrington said.

"It could be isolated," she said. "But a mosquito could bite a bird and that bird could fly to the northern part of the county and it could spread."

She said that the virus is spread through birds and horses. She said that there is a vaccine that can be given to horses.

Harrington said that the health department is taking a proactive approach to the situation.

"We will do heavy spraying around the county," she said. "We will spray as much of the county as we can.

There are three people that spray for mosquitoes in Montgomery County, Harrington said. She said that in addition to her, Bob Ginger and Dave Steward also spray for mosquitoes.

"We have to look at this as a public health risk, and not a nuisance," Harrington said.

Harrington said that addition information on West Nile Virus can be found at the county's Web site, montgomeryco.net on the health department tab.