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Indiana residents warned about mosquito-borne virus

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Health officials are warning northern Indiana residents to take precautions to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes after detecting a rare and potentially deadly mosquito-borne virus in the region.

State public health and animal health officials issued the warning Thursday after determining that the eastern equine encephalitis virus was active in multiple northern Indiana counties, with four horse testing positive for the virus.

State veterinarian Dr. Bret Marsh said the virus "is a serious threat to both horses and people in northern Indiana" until the first hard freeze of the fall season occurs.

As of Tuesday, the Indiana State Board of Animal Health said two horses in LaGrange County and one horse in Kosciusko County have tested positive for the virus.

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