Confirmed West Nile virus in MI

Aedes mosquito sucking blood on skin

Aedes mosquito sucking blood on skin

In 2018, 104 serious illnesses were reported, along with 9 deaths related to the illness in MI.

According to Travel Health Pro, there is no vaccine against the virus and most people do not display any symptoms which can include; headaches, joint pains, vomiting, fatigue, diarrhoea and rashes.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services have tested mosquitoes in several counties across the state that were confirmed to contain the West Nile Virus. The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare's website has more information about West Nile Virus and how it can be prevented. Adults over the age of 60 have the highest risk of contracting severe illnesses from West Nile. In 2018 in MI there were nine deaths and 104 incidents of severe illness from the virus - which include meningitis and encephalitis.

Wearing shoes and socks, light colored long trousers and a long-sleeved shirt when outdoors.

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And nationally, there were 2,544 human cases of the virus and 137 deaths reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) is advising British holidaymakers to take preventative measures when travelling to Greece, and other areas known for mosquito-borne diseases.

Officials with both abatement districts warn the smallest amount of standing water, as small as a bottle cap, can become a breeding ground for the culex mosquito, which carries West Nile. As summer temperatures rise, mosquitoes and the virus develop more quickly so it is important to protect yourself from mosquito bites as the weather warms.

Don't use repellent on children under 2 months old. Keeping windows closed or using screens is also advisable if you are indoors.

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