First 2015 Case of Human West Nile Virus Reported

LANSING, Mich (WLNS) – Michigan health officials are confirming the state’s first cases of West Nile Virus this year in Macomb, Monroe and Ottawa counties.

The Chief Medical Executive at the Michigan Department of Health and Human Service, Dr. Eden Wells says it’s the first evidence that West Nile is in the state again this summer.

Statewide the virus has been found in 57 birds and 11 mosquito pools have been found to have the virus present.

As a result of the findings, health officials are telling people to take a few minutes to protect themselves.

Some of the steps they recommend:

  1.  Empty standing water from buckets, unused kiddie pools, old tires or other sites where mosquitoes lay eggs.
  2. Keep window and door screens in place
  3. apply insect repellents that contain DEET to exposed skin or clothing.
  4. wear light colored, long-sleeved shirts and long pants outdoors.

Most people bitten by an infected mosquito show no symptoms of illness.

However, some become ill three to 15 days after the bite.

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