First case of West Nile reported in Macomb in ’16

Nicquel Terry
The Detroit News

The first case of West Nile virus has been confirmed in a Macomb County resident this year, officials announced Friday.

The infected county resident, described as an older adult, is currently recovering from the virus, according to a statement from the Macomb County.

There were four cases of West Nile virus reported in 2015.

The virus is transmitted to humans and animals by the bite of an infected mosquito.

In August, a collection of mosquitoes tested positive for the West Nile virus in Warren. The news followed previous positive tests in Oakland County and other areas throughout Michigan. The first human West Nile case this year was reported in July in Livingston County.

The county advises all residents to take precautions and protect themselves from mosquite bites during the summer.

County officials say the following measures help prevent mosquito bites:

■ Use an insect repellent that contains DEET or picaridin on clothing and skin.

■ Limit outdoor activities and wear pants and long sleeves between dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are usually out.

■ Keep areas of standing water— such as buckets, flowerpots, barrels and kiddie pools— empty if not in use.

■ Make sure windows and door screens are sealed tightly to prevent the entry of mosquitoes

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