State reports its 1st horse West Nile virus cases this year

Grant Boone
August 23, 2018

"The majority of people infected with West Nile virus do not develop symptoms but those that do will experience a mild, flu like illness and rash lasting up to six days".

West Nile virus is a disease usually spread between birds by mosquitoes.

Two Israelis have died in the past few weeks from West Nile fever, the Health Ministry said Thursday, amid the biggest outbreak of the mosquito-transmitted disease in recent years.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) confirmed that one resident of Berrien County, one resident of Kent County, one resident of Oakland County, and five residents of Wayne County including one death, have been reported so far this year.

Greece's Center for Disease Prevention and Control (KEELPNO) is expected to release its latest report this week.

Tests have confirmed that mosquitoes carrying West Nile virus were found in Pardes Hanna, Binyamina, Caesarea, the Menashe Regional Council and the Alona Regional Council, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

However, the organisation has insisted there is little risk to public health.

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The Town of Ashland also had mosquitoes with West Nile Virus detected and was notified by the state. Horse owners are advised to contact veterinarians for information about equine vaccines. The risk of becoming seriously ill is low for most people; however, people over the age of 50 and those with compromised immune systems are more at risk.

"Wearing long sleeves, long trousers, kind of loose fitting clothing".

Prevent mosquito breeding around your home.

Use mosquito repellent on exposed skin.

Drain Standing Water - Many mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water.

Install screens on all windows.

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