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West Nile virus has been detected in Oakland County, officials said.

Mosquito pools in the county have tested positive for the virus, they said.

No confirmed human cases have occurred, but residents are urged to protect themselves, said Leigh-Anne Stafford, health officer for Oakland County Health Division.

“West Nile virus is typically detected from June through September,” Stafford said in a statement. “The best way to limit the spread of mosquito-borne diseases is preventing mosquito bites.”

Most people infected with the virus usually show no symptoms or experience a mild illness such as fever, headache and body aches. However, some individuals could develop inflammation and swelling of the brain.

Warmer temperatures bring an increase in mosquitoes and exposure to mosquito-borne diseases.

To prevent mosquito bites:

• Use Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellent.

• Get rid of mosquito breeding sites by removing standing water around your home.

• Wear protective clothing such as long-sleeved shirts and pants.

• Limit outdoor activity from dusk to dawn when mosquitoes are most active.

• Maintain window and door screens to keep mosquitoes out of buildings. 

cramirez@detroitnews.com

Twitter: @CharlesERamirez

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