Michigan's first 2016 human case of West Nile Virus confirmed in Livingston County

Posted at 2:45 PM, Jul 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-23 14:56:26-04

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has confirmed Michigan's first human case of West Nile Virus in Livingston County.

An older resident contracted the virus and is now recovering.

“Hot, dry summers are ideal for the mosquito that transmits West Nile virus, and this case is an important reminder to stay vigilant against mosquito bites throughout the summer,” said Dr. Eden Wells, Chief Medical Executive at the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.  “All residents older than six months of age should use repellent and take extra care during peak mosquito-biting hours between dusk and dawn.”

Residents are urge to protect themselves with these following steps:

  • Maintain window and door screening to help keep mosquitoes outside.
  • Empty water from mosquito breeding sites around the home, such as buckets, unused kiddie pools, old tires or similar sites where mosquitoes lay eggs.
  • Use nets and/or fans over outdoor eating areas.
  • Apply insect repellents that contain the active ingredient DEET, or other EPA approved product to exposed skin or clothing, and always following the manufacturer’s directions for use.
  • Wear light colored, long-sleeved shirts and long pants when outdoors. Apply insect repellent to clothing to help prevent bites.

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