First human case of West Nile virus confirmed

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The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has confirmed eight human cases of West Nile virus for 2018.

Approximately 25 per cent of the people develop West Nile fever. "Additional safety measures should be taken when in areas that mosquitoes are active, these include wearing long sleeve shirts, long trousers and mosquito repellent". It was only the second time since WNV was first detected in the commonwealth in 2000 that public health officials have raised the risk level statewide.

Interlake-Eastern region has three new cases, with two in the Prairie Mountain Region and one in the Winnipeg area. The Toledo Sanitary District is reporting a very heavy and widespread area of mosquitoes infected with West Nile.

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No human cases of the virus have been confirmed in Glynn County, and the county is being actively treated for mosquitoes.

Residents may call Terrebonne Mosquito Control, 580-1629 with any questions or concerns regarding mosquito control or spraying issues. Apply insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or IR 3535 according to label instructions.

Culex tarsalis are a type of mosquito that typically feed between dusk and dawn and often go unnoticed when biting.

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The district also recommends people wear long-sleeve shirts, trousers and mosquito repellent.

Residents are also urged to eliminate standing water around their homes to prevent the development of Culex tarsalis mosquitoes. Keep mosquitoes outside by having tightly-fitting screens on all of your windows and doors.

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