Mich. reports first human West Nile virus cases in 2015
The cases were in Monroe, Macomb and Ottawa counties.
So far this year, 57 birds have tested positive for the virus, which is transmitted by mosquitoes. Officials also found 11 mosquito pools that tested positive with the virus. The pools were in Saginaw, Kent, Bay, Wayne and Oakland counties.
These infected mosquitoes and birds serve as a warning to let communities know the virus is active in the area.
The health department recommends people take proactive measures to avoid contracting the virus, including emptying any stagnate water from around the home, wearing light colored, long sleeved clothing, using insect repellent that has DEET and using nets to cover outdoor eating areas.
“We have clear evidence that West Nile virus is present in the state again this summer,” Dr. Eden Wells, chief medical executive at the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, said. “Even late in the season, remembering to take a few minutes to protect ourselves and our loved ones from mosquito bites when outside can make a big difference.”