(La Porte County, IN) - Parts of La Porte County will be sprayed this week to kill off mosquitos that may be carrying a deadly virus. It’s in part a response to a human case of the Eastern Equine Encephalitis Virus that infected a La Porte County resident recently. Probable infections in some area horses are also suspected.
Parts of La Porte, Elkhart, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Marshall, and Noble counties will be sprayed in an attempt to stop the spread of the mosquito borne virus. State health officials estimate about 375,000 acres could be affected.
A pesticide called Dibrom will be applied. The spray kills mosquitos on contact. It is not harmful to humans or animals, but pet owners and beekeepers may want to take precautions, just to be safe.
The spray will be applied the evening of Tuesday, September 22 and the following day, if necessary.