First cases of West Nile Virus for 2017 found in MI

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Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health says two people in their area, which includes the City of Guelph as well as Wellington and Dufferin counties, have tested positive for the disease.

A spike is being seen in dead birds with WNV.

"Mosquito-borne illnesses are spread through the bite of an infected mosquito", said Dr. William Grow, MD, FACP, district health director.

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In addition, 86 West Nile Virus positive mosquito pools have been detected in seven MI counties. Severe symptoms in a few people.

In a press release, he said, "Most people who contract West Nile virus show no symptoms at all, or show mild symptoms, and will recover without a visit to the doctor".

"We don't want people to panic, but we do want people to take precautions and educate themselves", Hougaard said. Less than 1% of those infected will experience serious symptoms. "However, late summer and early fall is the time when the risk of acquiring West Nile virus from a bite actually increases". As of August 22, 2017, Texas has reported 33 human cases of West Nile this year and Louisiana has reported 20 cases.

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It's the first such case found in either humans or mosquitoes this year. "The activity just depends on the birds and the mosquitos". Mosquito pools are samples of 100 or less mosquitoes collected from various locations that are breeding grounds for mosquitoes. "We just err on the side of caution". Approximately 10 percent of people who develop neurological infection due to West Nile will die according to the Center for Disease Control.

One area of concern in the Salt Lake Valley is the marshes around the Jordan River.

Mosquitoes lay their eggs on standing water. Hougaard's abatement group checks gutters, ponds, horse troughs and catch basins in especially susceptible neighborhoods. Limit the number of places around your home for mosquitoes to breed by either draining or getting rid of items that hold water.

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Maintain window and door screening to help keep mosquitoes outside. Although it may be hard to do when it's hot, wearing long sleeves, long trousers and socks when outdoors will help keep mosquitoes away from your skin.

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