It is that time of year again!

With the coronavirus on the rise again, it is quite annoying to have another deadly virus spreading throughout the state.

Have you heard of the West Nile Virus?

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What Is West Nile Virus?

After getting bitten by mosquitos throughout the summer, you may want to be a little more careful.

The West Nile Virus is the #1 cause of mosquito-borne disease in the states.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shared that,

"It is most commonly spread to people by the bite of an infected mosquito. Cases of WNV occur during mosquito season, which starts in the summer and continues through fall. There are no vaccines to prevent or medications to treat WNV in people. Fortunately, most people infected with WNV do not feel sick. About 1 in 5 people who are infected develop a fever and other symptoms. About 1 out of 150 infected people develop a serious, sometimes fatal, illness. You can reduce your risk of WNV by using insect repellent and wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants to prevent mosquito bites."

When Is The Peak Season?

Michigan officials are warning residents that we have officially entered the peak season for the West Nile Virus.

There are always tests of mosquito pools to see if the virus is active.

West Nile Virus In Michigan

Michigan's official website shared that the West Nile Virus is not a stranger to the state.

"In Michigan, outbreaks of WNV have been occurring every summer since 2002."

As of now,

"Six Michigan residents from Bay (1), Lenawee (1), Ottawa (2), and Wayne (1) counties, and the City of Detroit (1) have tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV). • Three Michigan."

When To Call A Doctor

Most people who have been bitten by an infected mosquito will develop no to mild symptoms.

However, people over 50 years old and people with weakened immune systems are at a greater risk of getting a more severe infection.

Also, roughly on in 150 people will develop a serious, potentially fatal neurological disease.

In order to protect yourself, the Michigan Department of Health recommends:

  • Use insect repellents when you go outdoors.
  • Wear long sleeves and pants from dusk through dawn when many mosquitoes are most active.
  • Install or repair screens on windows and doors. If you have it, use your air conditioning.
  • Help reduce the number of mosquitoes around your home. Empty standing water from containers such as flowerpots, gutters, buckets, pool covers, pet water dishes, discarded tires, and birdbaths.

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