First case of West Nile in Michigan

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has confirmed the first human case of West Nile Virus reported in the state for 2016.
The person is an older adult and resides in Livingston County.
The Branch-Hillsdale St. Joseph Community Health Agency is encouraging residents to take simple precautions that can help prevent mosquito bites.
Precautions include practicing the three R’s: Remove standing water, repel mosquitoes with insect repellents. And repair or replace torn screens on windows and doors.
Health officer Rebecca Burns said the case is another reminder that it’s important to protect against mosquito bites now and not wait.”
Surveillance for West Nile Virus in Michigan includes laboratory tests on mosquito batches, dead crows, blue jays, robins and other perching birds, as well as testing sick horses and humans with West Nile Virus-like symptoms.

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