Oakland County, Michigan -- Oakland County Health Division (OCHD) received confirmation from the Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) of the first human case of West Nile Virus in Oakland County this year. The 44-year-old Oakland County man was hospitalized earlier this month after showing symptoms and is now at home recovering.
"This is an important reminder that West Nile Virus is present in the community," said Kathy Forzley, Manager/Health Officer, Oakland County Health Division. "Many of us are spending more time outdoors participating in events and activities which increases the risk of exposure. Residents are reminded to follow key steps to protect themselves from illness."
Reduce the mosquito population and mosquito-borne disease risk through these prevention measures:
- Eliminate mosquito breeding sites around your home. Empty standing water from: flower pots, pet bowls, clogged rain gutters, swimming pool covers, old tires, buckets, barrels, cans and similar items where mosquitoes can lay eggs. For a list of other nonchemical mosquito control suggestions visit the State of Michigan Emerging Disease Issues website at: www.michigan.gov/emergingdiseases/0,4579,7-186-25805_25824-75796--,00.html
- Use insect repellent that contains an active ingredient approved by the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Carefully follow manufacturer’s instructions, especially when using these products on or around children. Visit the EPA website at: www.epa.gov/pesticides/health/mosquitoes/ai_insectrp.htm
- Avoid shaded and wooded areas where mosquitoes may be present.
- Wear long-sleeve shirts, long pants, socks and shoes when outdoors.
- Limit outdoor activity between dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.
- Maintain window and door screens to keep mosquitoes outside.
- Report a sick or dead bird, or mammal, at the State of Michigan Emerging Disease Issues webpage at: www.michigan.gov/emergingdiseases. Select West Nile Virus, then How to Report a Dead Bird or Mammal.
West Nile Virus (WNV) is a mosquito borne virus 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. However, in some individuals, particularly the elderly, a more serious disease can develop.
For media inquiries only, contact Kathy Forzley, Health Officer/ Manager of the Oakland County Health Division at 248-858-1410.