OAKLAND COUNTY, MI (WILX) — Another mosquito-borne virus has been confirmed in the state.
A human case of West Nile Virus has been discovered in Oakland county, according to the state health officials.
They say it was found in a 70-year-old man.
It’s the first human case of the virus in Oakland County and the fourth this year in Michigan.
“This is an important reminder that West Nile Virus is present in our community,” said Leigh-Anne Stafford, health officer for Oakland County Health Division. “We strongly encourage residents to protect themselves from mosquitoes until the first hard frost of the year.”
Health officials are urging people, especially older adults, to protect themselves against mosquito bites.
Health officials urge you to protect yourself by doing the following:
-Use Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellant. All EPA-registered insect repellants are evaluated for safety and effectiveness, and will contain DEET, picaridin, IR3535, Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus or para-menthane-diol as the active ingredient. Repellents containing a higher percentage of the active ingredient typically provide longer-lasting protection. Always follow the product label instructions.
-Be careful using repellent on the hands of children as it may irritate the eyes and mouth.
-Wear protective clothing such as long-sleeved shirts and pants.
-Limit outdoor activity from dusk to dawn when mosquitoes are most active.
-Maintain window and door screens to keep mosquitoes out of buildings. Do not prop open doors.
-Empty water from mosquito breeding sites around the home, such as buckets, unused kiddie pools, old tires or similar sites where mosquitoes may lay eggs.
-Use nets and/or fans over outdoor eating areas.
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