(WXYZ) - Oakland County public health officials say they have confirmed this year’s first human case of West Nile Virus in the county.
They say a 44-year-old man contracted the virus and was hospitalized earlier in July. He is now said to be recovering at home.
The Michigan Department of Community Health confirmed that the man does indeed have the virus.
West Nile Virus is spread to humans by the bites of infected mosquitoes.
In a news release, the Oakland County Department of Health & Human Services warned residents that, “West Nile Virus is present in the community.”
They said residents should be on the lookout for spots that can become breeding grounds for mosquitoes. Standing water is their main concern. Look out for water sitting in buckets, pet bowls, swimming pool covers and other spots they advise.
According to health officials, “Most people who are infected with the virus have no symptoms or experience a mild illness such as fever, headache and body aches. However, in some individuals, particularly the elderly, a more serious disease can develop.”
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