MI health department says one dead from West Nile

A mosquito on a person's skin

"Most people will not experience any symptoms but we still want everyone to take precaution because persons that are 60 years and older are most at risk for the more severe symptoms and also if they have a chronic illness", Heather Kretzer, public information officer for the Florida Department of Health in Bay County said. "To date, there have no human cases reported, no positive mosquito pools identified, and no positives identified by Canadian Blood Services through their screening program".

West Nile can potentially pass from birds to mosquitoes to humans, but there is no indication that any people have been affected. This is more likely to occur in those over 50 years of age and those with medical conditions or weakened immune systems.

Currently, there is no vaccine available to treat West Nile virus.

According to Interior Health, the risk of infection from handling birds is very low, but added people not use bare hands to handle wild birds, either dead or alive.

A statement from the authority said there haven't been any human cases reported and that no mosquito pools have tested positive for the virus.

The Department of Health in Bay County has confirmed a third case of West Nile Virus infection in Panama City.

Suggestions for abatement in Category 2 zones includes treating a one-mile radius for prevention of more mosquito activity, use of ground or aerial applications for three treatments in 10-14 day intervals to kill mature insects and deployment of 45-day briquettes in storm drains or obvious breeding areas on public properties or rights of way and schools to eradicate larvae.

Prevent mosquitos breeding near your home.

Make sure your doors and windows have tightly fitting screens. Choose loose-fitting, light-coloured, full-length trousers and a long-sleeved shirt in areas with many mosquitoes. Apply mosquito repellent to areas of exposed skin. Repellents containing DEET are safe for those over six months of age when used according to the directions on the label.

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