West Nile Virus Confirmed In Macomb County

MT. CLEMENS (WWJ) – A case of the West Nile virus has been confirmed in Macomb County.

The Health Department says an older adult who contracted the virus is recovering. No further information about he patient is being released.

This is the first case in 2016 in Macomb County. Last year Macomb County had four confirmed cases of West Nile Virus — which can be deadly if not treated — during what experts said was worst summers for mosquitoes in the state in years.

WNV is a disease transmitted to humans through infected mosquitoes.

Health officials say many people infected with the virus will not have any symptoms or will experience a mild illness such as body aches, fever and headache. Those at greatest risk to develop a severe illness include people 50 years and older; those with certain medical conditions such as diabetes, cancer, kidney disease or hypertension; and people who have received an organ transplant.  In the most serious cases, the virus can cause inflammation and swelling of the brain.

  • With that in mind, Macomb County health officials are reminding all residents to take precautions to protect themselves and their families from mosquito bites during the remaining warm weather weeks by taking the follow precautions:
  • Use an insect repellent that contains DEET or picaridin on clothing and exposed skin. The Centers for
    Disease Control and Prevention also recommends the use of oil of lemon eucalyptus as a more natural
    repellent. Manufacturer’s directions should be closely followed when using these products.
  • Many mosquitoes are most active from dusk to dawn. Residents should limit outdoor activities, wear
    pants and long sleeves and use repellent during these hours.
  • Areas of standing water such as buckets, flowerpots, barrels and kiddie pools should be kept empty
    when not being used to prevent mosquitoes from laying eggs. Change the water regularly in pet dishes
    and bird baths and keep gutters free of standing water.
  • Window and door screens should be in good repair to prevent mosquitoes from entering buildings.

For more information about the disease, visit this link.

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