Health Department: Oakland County Man Dies From West Nile Virus

Health Department: Oakland County Man Dies From West Nile Virus

Health Department: Oakland County Man Dies From West Nile Virus

There are two types of the West Nile Virus: West Nile fever, and West Nile encephalitis.

It says it's the only confirmed human case of the virus in Marion County this year.

For more information and surveillance activity about West Nile virus and other mosquito-borne viruses, visit this link.

The Allegan County Health Department announced a resident's death from West Nile virus, according to a statement released on Tuesday by county officials.

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Empty water from mosquito breeding sites around the home, such as buckets, unused kiddie pools, old tires or similar sites where mosquitoes lay eggs.

Keep window screens repaired so that mosquitoes can not enter your home.

Turn over plastic wading pools and wheel barrows when not in use. Cover skin as much as possible when outdoors.

Use an insect repellant containing DEET (N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide).

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Anyone with symptoms that cause concern should contact his or her health care provider, especially if the symptoms are severe, such as confusion, fever with a stiff neck or muscle weakness or seizures. People 50 years of age or older have the greatest risk of complications.

Total trapped mosquito numbers in Reno County also shot up significantly earlier this month, Health Department Director Nick Baldetti reported to the County Commission last week, particularly in the southwest part of the county, after several heavy rains and some flooding in parts of Pratt and Reno counties. The agency tracks certain cases of West Nile and other illnesses spread by mosquitoes with an online map at gis.dhec.sc.gov/mosquitoborne/.

Too, anyone spotting a dead bird should report it online or by calling a special toll free hotline: 1-877-WNV-BIRD (968-2473).

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