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First cases of West Nile Virus for 2017 found in MI

01 September 2017

Clinton County's health department recently confirmed that West Nile virus was detected in mosquitoes in that county.

So far, there have been eight confirmed cases in San Bernadino County this year, up from six for the entire 2016 season.

Since 2002, there have been 59 confirmed human cases of West Nile virus in Lake County, as well as two confirmed deaths, according to the health department.

"The family has my sincerest condolences with the loss of their family member", said San Bernardino County Health Officer Dr. Maxwell Ohikhuare.

"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", said Daniel Soule, MD, infectious disease specialist at CPH, who consulted with doctors who treated the patient.

Repellents help keep mosquitoes from biting.

Mild symptoms may include headache, body aches, joint pain, vomiting diarrhea, or rash.

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Most people develop no symptoms after they have been infected with the virus.

Additional prevention tips are available on the CDC's Prevent Mosquito Bites webpage. "It's just that we see the possible transmission from a mosquito to a human in the summer months, simply because there are more mosquitoes".

DRESS - Wear shoes, socks, long trousers and long-sleeved shirts that are loose fitting and light colored.

Eliminate all sources of standing water on your property, including flowerpots, gutters, buckets, pool covers, bird baths, old auto tires, rain gutters and pet bowls. Be sure to follow the instructions on the label. Keep them outside by having tightly-fitting screens on all of your windows and doors. Limit the number of places around your home for mosquitoes to breed by either draining or getting rid of items that hold water.

REPORT - Report green or neglected pools by calling the Department of Public Health's Division of Environmental Health Services at 1-800-442-2283. Press 3 when prompted.

For more information, call the Youngstown City Health District at 330-743-3333.

First cases of West Nile Virus for 2017 found in MI