West Nile Virus Confirmed in New Jersey

West Nile Virus detected in Elkhart

West Nile Virus detected in Elkhart

Macomb County health officials are reminding residents to protect themselves from West Nile virus after activity was confirmed in Oakland, Saginaw and Kalamazoo counties.

The man is still recovering at home.

It's just one of the active surveillance techniques being used to try and track the potential spread of Lyme Disease and West Nile Virus in Ontario. Mild symptoms include flu-like illness with fever, headache, body aches, nausea and sometimes swollen lymph glands or a skin rash on the chest, stomach and back.

He encouraged residents to reduce their risk by applying mosquito repellents to clothes and exposed skin, wearing trousers and long sleeves when outdoors, limiting time outdoors from dusk to dawn when mosquitoes are most active, and getting rid of standing water that gives mosquitoes a place to breed.

Many people infected with WNV do not become ill and may not develop symptoms. Some severe symptoms of West Nile virus may include a stiff neck, disorientation, tremors and muscle weakness.

People over the age of 50 and people with weak immune systems are at greater risk of developing severe illness.

PHOTO VIA PEXELS A mosquito bites a person's skin. "Check your property for containers that can hold water - cans, buckets, flowerpots, wheelbarrows - and make sure they're emptied of any standing water at least once a week", the release states. "Anywhere that collects water can breed mosquitos, so checking flower pots, pet food and water dishes, birdbaths, swimming pool covers and other places can reduce the risk of mosquito bites and the illnesses they can carry". "Residents are encouraged to take precautions to prevent mosquito bites".

Standing water along the arroyos, ditches, wetlands and even the side of the road are breeding grounds for mosquitoes.

Recent rain in June provided the potential to have more breeding grounds for mosquitoes in areas that may be hard to reach or see such as tree holes or gutters.

Detailed guidance for mosquito-proofing your yard are available from the state. But a more serious outcome of some mosquito bites may be the transmission of serious diseases and viruses such as malaria, dengue virus, Zika and West Nile, which can lead to disabling and potentially deadly effects such as encephalitis, meningitis and microcephaly, according to the EPA. Last year, New Jersey had 61 human cases of WNV.

Visit www.cor.net/mosquito for more information.

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