Fight the Bite: Wayne County's Environmental Health Division works to reduce West Nile Virus

WAYNE COUNTY ( WXYZ) - Wayne County's Environmental Health Division has begun its annual mosquito monitoring program to detect the presence of West Nile virus in Wayne County communities.

The initiative, funded through a grant from the Michigan Department of Community Health, serves as an early warning system for the West Nile virus, which can be spread to humans by mosquitoes.

Monitoring of mosquitos will began June 16 and will last through September 2014. Mosquito traps have been set all through Wayne County including, Dearborn, Dearborn Heights, Garden City, Inkster, and the downriver area.

About 100 mosquito samples from these traps will be tested for the virus and monitored by the Wayne County Health Department during the three-month summer period.

In 2013, nine individuals became ill and one died in the Wayne County health department jurisdiction from West Nile Virus. All residents are advised to avoid exposure to mosquitos and their bites.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, West Nile Virus has now expanded to all 48 contiguous states and there is currently no vaccine for humans.

For more information on West Nile virus and ways you and your family can “fight the bite,” visit www.waynecounty.com/hhs/WestNile.htmwww.cdc.gov/westnile or call Wayne County’s West Nile virus Hotline at 734.727.7445.

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