West Nile Virus detected in mosquitoes in Cincinnati

"It's important to know the symptoms of being bitten by a mosquito that is carrying West Nile virus". The virus is known to be present in mosquitos in Kentucky.

Two residents of Montcalm County, and one each from Oakland and Macomb Counties have been confirmed by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

Symptoms of West Nile virus include headache, fever, neck discomfort, muscle and joint aches, swollen lymph nodes and a rash. The risk of serious illness in most is low, however less than one percent of infected individuals can develop neurological illnesses including encephalitis and meningitis, according to the California Department of Public Health. Mosquitoes that carry West Nile virus look for stagnant water to lay eggs in, so gutters and eaves should be clear of leaves and debris.

Use nets and/or fans over outdoor eating areas. Among the approved repellents are DEET, picaridin, IR3535 and oil of lemon eucalyptus/para-menthane-diol. To optimize safety and effectiveness, repellents should be used according to the label instructions.

Wear light-colored, long-sleeved shirts and long trousers when outdoors.

WNV is transmitted to humans via the bite of an infected mosquito.

Make sure that your doors and windows have tight-fitting screens in good fix to keep out mosquitoes.

You should also regularly replace any standing water around your home - such as flower pots and pet dishes - which can serve as a mosquito breeding ground.

People ages 50 and over are more prone to the severe symptoms. State public health officials withheld demographic information, hospitals providing care or more precise regions where the infections occurred, citing patient privacy laws. People who have had West Nile virus before are considered immune.

No human cases of West Nile Virus have been reported in Clark County, but residents should still use caution. Although there is no vaccine available for people, there are several vaccines available for horses.

To protect your horse against West Nile virus, consult your veterinarian to ensure the current West Nile virus vaccination status of your horse.

Mosquito surveillance activities are ongoing in locations across the state. Mosquitoes are then identified by genus and species. In July, indications of the West Nile virus were found in a Macomb County Health Department testing pool as well as Oakland County Health Division testing pool.

People spending time outdoors are advised to wear mosquito repellant and treating their clothing with permethrin products to prevent bites.

  • Stacy Allen