West Nile Virus found in Wayne County

(WXYZ) - You knew this was just a matter of time, but two cases of the West Nile virus have been confirmed in Wayne County by the County Health Department.

A man and a woman were both infected and hospitalized with WNV meningitis. But, both of them have since been released from the hospital.

Mosquitos carry the virus.

There is no vaccine to protect against West Nile virus. Generally,  symptoms are rare. But some people can show a rash, have a fever and headache, joint and muscle pain. You might feel weak and show signs of fatigue.  

The health department says less that 1% turn into the neuroinvasive WNV disease which can become meningitis, encephalitis, or even paralysis.

Acting Director/Health Officer of Wayne County Health, Dr. Mouhanad Hammami says, " "With these new cases of West Nile virus in Wayne County, it is especially important to take precautionary measures against becoming infected."

The hot weather we've been experiencing is a contributor to the growing mosquito population, which usually reaches its limit in late August.

The health department is suggesting you try to avoid mosquitos using repellent and dressing in long sleeve shirts and pants in the early morning or late evening. Also, it goes without saying, make sure your windows and doors are closed or well screened. Lastly, don't leave standing water outside, if possible. It attracts the mosquitos.

You can call the Wayne County West Nile virus Hotline at : 734-727-7445.

Or, if you have any questions, you can call the Wayne County Environmental Health Division at: 734-727-7400.

You can find more info at : http:/ /www.waynecounty.com/hhs_ph_westnile.htm , or www.cdc.gov


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