High Level of West Nile Virus Activity Recorded
The Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) is recording high levels of West Nile Virus (WNV) activity in many parts of the state. So far this season, our human case count is the highest it has been since 2002 when WNV first appeared in Michigan. Persons bitten by an infected mosquito can become severely ill; in some cases, especially among persons age 50+, WNV can be fatal.
It is important to take precautions to protect oneself and others. As you head outdoors, and particularly this weekend while you enjoy the holiday weekend, please take precautions to protect yourself and your family by following the 4Ds of West Nile Virus prevention:
Avoid being outside when mosquitoes are most active: dusk and dawn.
Use insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, or oil of lemon eucalyptus.
Wear long sleeves and pants when possible outdoors.
Drain all standing water around your home.
During the WNV press briefing held yesterday, MDCH reported 80 cases and 4 deaths, 62 of the 80 cases were severe and required hospitalization. The Michigan mosquito season peaks in late August and will decline as evening temperatures get below 50 degrees.