West Nile Virus: 8 human cases, 1 death in MI


A local resident has tested positive for West Nile virus, the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit reported Friday.

"There has been an increase in WNV-infected mosquitoes identified this year throughout the state, an indication that the risk is widespread and ongoing", said Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel, MD, MPH. When present, symptoms tend to include fever and flu-like illness.

On Tuesday, the agency announced it was raising the risk level for West Nile Virus from low to moderate throughout the state.

"Please continue to take precautions to avoid illness spread by mosquitos", said Dr. Bart Harvey.

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Although mosquitoes are active throughout the summer, West Nile virus typically doesn't begin to appear until late summer, said Nicholas Rupp, department spokesman. Symptoms usually begin three to 14 days after infection.

The people of Israel have been left in a state of distress after being attacked by a unusual virus that has killed two leaving many others hospitalized. Doctors recommend adults use sprays with DEET. To minimize pesticide exposure, residents should stay indoors and keep doors and windows closed for 30 to 60 minutes after spraying.

To reduce risk of exposure to the virus, Utahns should use repellent, wear long sleeves and trousers after dusk, remove standing water outside their homes, clean their gutters and keep grass and weeds trimmed short, health officials advised.

Drain Standing Water. Mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water. Mosquitoes are grouped (pooled) for testing according to species, collection site, and date.