Four West Nile Virus Human Cases Confirmed In Michigan

Parma resident tests positive for West Nile virus

The State informed the City that two live mosquitoes tested positive for West Nile virus, but there are no reported human cases of West Nile virus within the city limits.

While these are the first confirmed human cases there are 148 birds that have tested positive for West Nile in 44 or Michigan's 83 counties.

While they say the risk of developing serious illness or death from West Nile virus is rare, people should still be watchful and take care to protect themselves from mosquito bites. And it is also observed that some people fell ill after 3 to 15 days of the infected mosquito bite.

"West Nile is transmitted to humans and animals through the bite of an infected mosquito", he said. Studies also indicate that those with diabetes and/or hypertension are at greatest risk for serious illness.

Roumeliotis said it's important to take measures to reduce the mosquito population around your home and property, eliminating any potential pooling of free-standing water, ensuring no areas or items can collect or pool standing water in the garden or on the lawn.

Approximately 70 to 80 percent of people infected with West Nile virus do not experience symptoms. "We encourage people to stay active outdoors, but please do not forget to wear insect repellent and take other precautions to avoid mosquito bites".

- Avoid being outdoors from dusk to dawn, peak mosquito biting times, if possible. Permethrin products are intended for use on items such as clothing, shoes, bed nets and camping gear and should not be applied to skin.

Place screens on windows, doors, porches, and patios. He said people should stay inside when mosquitos are most active, around dusk or dawn, but if a person must go outside, he or she should wear long sleeves and long trousers with repellant. Fix or replace screens that have tears or holes to prevent mosquitoes from entering the home.

Drain water from garbage cans, house gutters, buckets, pool covers, coolers, toys, flower pots or any other containers where sprinkler or rain water has collected.

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