By Scott Bolthouse
Hub Editor In Chief
Even though mosquito populations in Michigan are dwindling as we head into the fall season, health officials say we’re not out of the woods just yet.
Officials with The Wayne County Department of Health Veterans and Community Wellness are warning residents to take precaution after a mosquito infected with the West Nile virus was found in Wayne County.
According to a statement, the infected mosquito was found last week in a pool of mosquitos in Redford Township.
“We want people to enjoy the last weeks of summer but we also want our residents to take the necessary steps to protect themselves against mosquito bites, said Wayne County Health Officer, Dr. Mouhanad Hammami.
“There have been no human cases of the West Nile Virus confirmed this year and we want to keep it that way by advocating for our communities to use these tips to increase safety against mosquitoes, said Hammami.
Residents should take precautions to minimize mosquito exposure and protect themselves from mosquito bites in order to significantly decrease the chances of contracting the West Nile Virus.
While the mosquito season is coming to an end, it is important to remember to protect yourself and your family during the remainder of the summer’s warm months.
According to health officials, the Wayne County Environmental Health section has been trapping and testing mosquitoes for the West Nile Virus throughout the summer.
The most common way to contract the virus is through the bite of an infected mosquito.
According to the Center for Disease Control, most people infected with West Nile Virus will not show symptoms, but about 1 in 5 people will develop flu-like symptoms that may last for weeks. In severe cases, serious neurological illnesses can develop that can be fatal such as encephalitis or meningitis.
For more information on the West Nile virus, including prevention and control ideas, click here.