Likely West Nile case ID’d in Allegan Co


"Standing water is a breeding ground for mosquitoes that may be infected with West Nile virus and other mosquito-borne diseases".

Health officials have confirmed a mosquito pool in southern ME has tested positive for West Nile virus.

With Milner Stadium in the middle alert zone, high school football games this week mean there will be a lot more people in the area than just residents.

But Davis said individuals can take precaution, too, by using repellants like Deet, wearing long sleeves when outdoors and perhaps most important, eliminate any standing water around the home.

DEET - Cover exposed skin with an insect repellent containing DEET, which is the most effective repellent against mosquito bites. The mosquitoes then infect the humans and animals they bite, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

However, it can develop into a severe illness and cause permanent damage to a person's central nervous system. Always follow label directions.

Cover up: Wear long-sleeved shirts and long trousers.

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DRAIN STANDING WATER-Standing water is the flawless breeding ground for mosquitoes.

Use screens on open windows and doors. The health department has found a 400 percent increase in the number of mosquitoes that transmit the disease.

West Nile fever generally resolves itself without treatment, but unsafe brain infections such as encephalitis or meningitis can develop in 1 out of 150 people, according to the press release.

Additionally, there has been one confirmed case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) which resulted in death. A Pearl River County resident's infection was confirmed in July.

Health officials report that there are 22 human cases of the virus across the state.

The CDC has reported less than 20 cases every year dating back to 2013. Four in five of those who become infected with the virus will not show any symptoms, according to the Department of Public Health.