Two cases of West Nile virus confirmed in Oakland Co.

Candice Williams
The Detroit News

Two more cases of West Nile virus have been confirmed in Oakland County, health officials announced Friday.

The Oakland County Health Division received laboratory confirmation from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, officials said.

So far this year, a blood donor, two mosquito pools and a crow also tested positive for the virus.

“All residents are strongly urged to follow prevention tips to protect themselves from WNV, especially those who are 50 and older, who are more susceptible to severe symptoms,” said Kathy Forzley, county health division manager/health officer in a statement Friday. “Most people infected with WNV do not have any symptoms, but for those who do become sick, the disease can be serious, even fatal.”

Earlier this month, West Nile virus in humans was also confirmed in Macomb, Monroe and Ottawa counties.

West Nile Virus is spread to humans through a bite from an infected mosquito. Most people who are infected have no symptoms or have mild illness such as fever, body aches and headache, according to health officials.

People are urged to use insect repellent, wear protective clothing and limit outdoor activity from dusk to dawn. Also void areas with mosquitoes, such as wooded or shaded areas.

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