West Nile Virus makes its way to mid-Michigan

(WLNS) – The West Nile Virus is now in Michigan, after three birds tested positive for the virus.

Three cows were found dead in Ingham County, earlier this month with the virus.

Mosquitoes that have West Nile are called “House Mosquitoes” they receive the virus after biting an animal that has already been infected.

“Its carried by birds and transmitted by mosquitoes so during this time of year it’s really important that residents protect themselves and take preventative measures against mosquito bites.” Jennifer Smith from the Department of Health and Human Services said.

Officials say the best way to protect against the West Nile virus is to protect yourself against mosquitoes, some of those tips, include:

  • Avoid being out during heightened biting periods dusk and dawn
  • Use mosquito repellents that include E-P-A active ingredients such as DEET, Picaridin and natural lemon eucalyptus.
  • Remove standing water which is a breeding ground for mosquitoes.

Symptoms for West Nile include, fever, vomiting, body aches, muscle aches, confusion, high fever and severe headaches.

According to Smith, in 2012 there were over 2,000 cases of West Nile in Michigan, but last year there were 2 cases of the virus.

If you have any symptoms of West Nile contact your doctor.

 

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