West Nile Virus Found In Michigan

Evrard Martin
Mai 20, 2017

Three birds and a bat were discovered to have the diseases, which can be harmful to humans.

MDHHS says adults age 50 years or old are at highest risk for severe illness caused by West Nile virus. "More virus early, more human cases later".

There have been no human cases of West Nile virus reported in 2017 in the five counties covered by the Southwest Utah Public Health Department, spokesman David Heaton said.

West Nile symptoms include high fever, confusion, muscle weakness and a severe headache with more serious effects turning into neurological illnesses such as meningitis and encephalitis.

State officials said the birds were infected with the virus and found sick or dead in early May and tested positive for West Nile this week.

The disease is not contagious between people, but health officials are reminding everyone to use mosquito repellants and avoid exposing skin around dusk when mosquitos are most active.

People are being warned to take steps to prevent mosquito bites, which can transmit the virus.

West Nile virus led to three deaths and 43 serious illnesses in MI a year ago, according to MDHHS.

The unidentified man, who is in his 50s, has the "more serious neuroinvasive form" of the illness, according to a statement issued by the Southern Nevada Health District.

As of May 1, the health department began accepting birds, such as crows, blue jays, grackle, starling, robin, cardinal, catbird, sparrow, finch, swallows, flay catchers, warblers and wrens.

Replace any window and door screens that have holes or are not fitted properly. A second dead crow in Saginaw County also had the virus, according to Michigan State University. And MDHHS says that as temperatures rise, mosquitoes and the virus develop more quickly.

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