Test positive for West Nile virus

West Nile Virus

Most people will not experience symptoms.

In addition to the eight human cases, three MI blood donors have had WNV detected in their blood.

An infected mosquito bite sent healthcare executive Ben Harris to Medical City Plano a year ago.

"As the fall approaches, it's vital to remember that mosquito bite protection should continue until the weather significantly cools", said Dr. Eden Wells, Chief Medical Executive at the MDHHS.

People over the age of 50 and those with compromised immune systems are more at risk than the general population.

The Department of Health in Bay County has confirmed a third case of West Nile Virus infection in Panama City.

The Berrien County Health Department is reminding residents to stay vigilant and protect themselves to reduce their risk of getting West Nile virus.

IH and the B.C. Centre for Disease Control say the risk of infection from handling birds is very low.

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Drain Standing Water - Many mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water.

Prevent mosquito breeding around your home and remove standing water; change water in bird baths twice a week; unclog rain gutters; install a pump in ornamental ponds or stock them with fish.

Avoid outdoor activities at dusk and dawn. This is when mosquitoes that can carry the virus are most active.

Maintain window and door screening to help keep mosquitoes outside.

Residents should wear light coloured clothing, long trousers, long sleeves, as well as shoes and socks during peak mosquito times to prevent mosquito bites.

Wear loose fitting, light-coloured clothing, full-length trousers, and a long-sleeved shirt.

Be sure to apply mosquito repellent to bare skin. "Some steps you can take include using Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellents, wearing light-colored long-sleeved shirts and trousers when outside and using mosquito netting to protect infants in carriages, strollers and playpens".

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