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First human case of West Nile Virus confirmed in Macomb County

Posted: 10:36 AM, Sep 16, 2016
Updated: 2016-09-16 17:56:25Z

The first human case of West Nile Virus in Macomb County has been confirmed by the Macomb County Health Department.

An older resident was diagnosed with the virus and is now recovering.

Residents are urged to protect themselves from mosquito bites.

Residents for all of Macomb County are reminded to take the following measures to prevent mosquito bites:
• 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.