West Nile Virus Information
West Nile virus was detected in the first Oakland County mosquito pools in 2018, health division officials said. No confirmed human cases of the virus have occurred in the county this year.
“West Nile virus is typically detected from June through September,” said Leigh-Anne Stafford, health officer for the Oakland County Health Division. “The best way to limit the spread of mosquito-borne diseases is preventing mosquito bites.”
The Oakland County Health Division recommends taking the following steps to prevent mosquito bites:
• Use Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellent.
• Get rid of mosquito breeding sites by removing standing water around your home, such as turning over any type of container that can collect water and cleaning clogged roof gutters. Treat standing water that cannot be eliminated with a mosquito larvicide.
• Wear protective clothing such as long sleeved shirts and pants.
• Limit outdoor activity from dusk to dawn when mosquitoes are most active.
• Maintain window and door screens to keep mosquitos out of buildings. Do not prop open doors.
According to the health division, West Nile virus is a mosquito-borne virus. Mosquitoes are infected with the virus by biting an infected bird. The virus is then spread to humans through the bite of the infected mosquito.
Most people who are infected with the virus have no symptoms or experience a mild illness such as fever, headache and body aches.
Some individuals can experience inflammation and swelling of the brain. People over the age of 50 are reportedly more likely to develop serious symptoms of West Nile if they do get sick.
More information is available at oakgov.com/health.