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Mosquitoes testing positive for West Nile Virus earlier this summer

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OAKLAND COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

Mosquitoes in a Mid-Michigan county are testing positive for West Nile Virus much earlier this summer than last year, according to health officials. 

Oakland County Health Division said Tuesday the first mosquito pool from a trap set in the county tested positive for the mosquito-borne virus.

“Although no human cases of the virus have been confirmed in Oakland County this year, residents are urged to be cautious when spending time outdoors,” said Kathy Forzley, Oakland County Health Division manager and health office. “The most effective way to protect yourself and your family against West Nile Virus is to take precautions against mosquito bites.”

Forzley said residents are asked to follow these steps:

  • Use insect repellent containing DEET and Picaridin  
  • Avoid places where mosquitoes are present
  • Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants outdoors
  • Use screens on windows and doors to keep mosquitoes out of buildings
  • Eliminate water from your yard, such as flower pots, pet bowls, rain gutters, swimming pool covers, discarded tires, buckets, etc.
  • Report dead birds to your local DNR

West Nile Virus is a mosquito-borne virus that can cause inflammation and swelling of the brain. It can be spread to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito.

While most people who are infected have no or little symptoms, they could experience, headache and body aches. The elderly usually have much more serious symptoms including a disease that affects the brain tissue. 

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