All residents, especially older adults, are reminded to take precautions against West Nile Virus (WNV). Of the 69 human cases of WNV in Michigan, the median age is 62 years old. According to Michigan Department of Community Health, there are now three deaths due to WNV in the State of Michigan. In Oakland County, the number of human cases of WNV has increased since early August, from one to nine.
Residents, especially older adults, are reminded to take the following steps to avoid WNV and other mosquito borne illnesses:
WNV is a virus that can infect humans, birds, horses and some other mammals. In a small number of people infected by the virus, the disease can be serious, even fatal.
Most people bitten by a WNV infected mosquito show no symptoms of illness. However, some become sick three to 15 days after exposure. About one-in-five infected persons will have mild illness with fever. About one in 150 infected people will become severely ill. Symptoms of encephalitis (inflammation of the brain) and meningitis (inflammation of the spinal cord and brain linings) include stiff neck, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, muscle weakness, convulsions and paralysis.
For more information, visit the Oakland County Health Division website at www.oakgov.com/health or find them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/publichealthOC.