West Nile virus found in Oakland County mosquito pool

Posted at 4:06 PM, Jun 28, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-28 17:31:17-04

The first mosquito pools in Oakland County have tested positive for West Nile virus, according to the Oakland County Health Division.

So far, there have been no confirmed cases of the virus in humans this year.

Warmer temperatures increase the presence of mosquitoes and exposure to mosquito-borne diseases. The Division urges County residents to protect themselves from the virus by avoiding mosquito bites.

Here are a few tips to prevent mosquito bites: 

  • Use Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellant, containing DEET.
  • Get rid of mosquito breeding sites by removing standing water from around your home. 
  • Wear protective clothing such as long sleeve shirts and pants, when appropriate.
  • Limit outdoor activity from dusk to dawn when mosquitos are most active. 

 West Nile is typically detected during the June-September season.