West Nile virus cases confirmed in 3 MI counties

Brandon Parsons
September 1, 2017

Health department officials urge all county residents to protect themselves from diseases carried by mosquitoes such as West Nile virus, Eastern Equine Encephalitis, and St. Louis Encephalitis throughout the rest of the mosquito season.

According to Wednesday's statement, on August 15, the health department conducted an emergency aerial larvicide treatment to areas along the Des Plaines River impacted by flooding, targeting 130 acres where Culex mosquitoes were breeding.

Two of the cases are in Montcalm County, and one each from Oakland and Macomb counties.

"Although we can't cure it, if someone has developed symptoms of the disease, healthcare professionals can provide supportive treatment, such as ordering rest and medications to reduce inflammation", he said.

"This is an important reminder to stay vigilant and protect against mosquito bites throughout the summer and into the fall", Dr. Eden Wells, MDHHS chief medical executive, said in the press release.

Health officials said residents should do not forget to wear insect repellent and clothing covering the entire body to help prevent bites.

Last year, IL had 155 human cases and six deaths, according to IDPH records.

DHEC says a "mosquito pool" is defined as a collection of mosquitoes, usually one to 30 specimens, that were pooled together for testing purposes and consists of the same mosquito species that were collected from the same location on the same date. Infected mosquitoes can then spread the virus to humans and other animals. Mild symptoms include fever, headache, body aches, nausea, vomiting and sometimes swollen lymph glands or a skin rash on the chest, stomach, and back.

A horse in Oneida county has tested positive for West Nile Virus. More mosquitoes, means more problems for you.

Prevention is common sense: avoid mosquito bites.

A woman over the age of 50 is reported to have the more serious neuroinvasive form of the illness, according to the health district.

"While most people infected with West Nile Virus show no symptoms of the illness and pass it on their own, even healthy people have become severely ill for weeks when infected", Grow said.

DRESS - Wear shoes, socks, long trousers and long-sleeved shirts that are loose fitting and light colored.

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