Midland County Reports West Nile Virus Case 8-25-2010 - WNEM TV 5

Midland County Reports West Nile Virus Case 8-25-2010

Following the recent heat wave, this year’s first indications of West Nile virus have been noted in Michigan and in Midland County.
Tom R. Wilmot, with Midland's mosquito control, said suspect human cases of West Nile Virus have also been reported from Washtenaw and Wayne Counties.
And now a crow collected in the City of Midland this week has tested positive for WNV at Midland County Mosquito Control.
Mid-Michigan residents are asked to be aware of, but not overly alarmed by, this level of activity.
Wilmot said West Nile virus occurs primarily in birds, so dead birds are the most useful indicator of possible virus activity in an area. Residents are asked to call their county's Mosquito Control to report any dead birds observed.
In addition to reporting dead bird sightings, Wilmot said Great Lakes Bay residents can help reduce their own risk of acquiring West Nile Virus by doing the following:
  • Consider the use of an insect repellent containing DEET or Picaridin, according to the manufacturer’s directions when adult mosquitoes are present. Even a short time outside can be long enough to get a mosquito bite.

  • When possible, wear long sleeves, long pants and socks when outdoors. Mosquitoes can bite through thin clothes, so spraying clothing with insect repellent can provide extra protection.

  • Be aware of peak mosquito hours. The hours of dusk and dawn are peak biting times for many species of mosquitoes. Take extra precaution by using protective clothing and insect repellent during evening and early morning hours, or consider avoiding outdoor activities during these times.

  • Keep vegetation trimmed down as much as possible around the home and make sure that doors and windows have tight-fitting screens. Repair or replace screens that have tears or holes.

  • Rinse out birdbaths, rain barrels, decorative pools, pet bowls and other containers weekly.

  • Where possible, eliminate standing water in the yard. Discard or empty water from mosquito breeding sites, such as flower pots, clogged rain gutters, swimming pool covers, scrap tires and similar sites in which mosquitoes can lay eggs.

  • If you have ornamental pools or other standing water on your property that cannot be rinsed out or discarded call the Mosquito Control office to have the water checked for mosquito larvae.

  • Remind or help neighbors to eliminate breeding sites on their properties.
West Nile virus is an emerging infectious disease that was first discovered in the African country of Uganda in 1937. In recent years it has spread to Europe and now the United States.
West Nile virus was first discovered in the U.S. in 1999 in New York City. In 2002, Michigan and other Great Lakes states experienced the first documented cases of the virus in humans.
The disease is now considered to be endemic to the state.
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