Eight West Nile cases confirmed, one death in MI this year

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The California Department of Public Health has documented a total 21 human WNV cases to date in 2018.

Earlier this month, mosquitoes were tested in the territory around Belgrade and 47 locations with mosquitoes carrying the West Nile virus were found.

Two cases in Northeast Ohio have been confirmed, and the animals had not been vaccinated. However, you should not use bare hands to handle wild birds. Report dead birds at the State of Michigan Sick or Dead Bird & Mammal Reporting Website.

What is West Nile Virus?

A news release from the State Department of Health says at the last testing, 43 percent of mosquito samples tested tested positive for West Nile.

A third human case of a West Nile virus infection has been documented in Panama City Beach, increasing the concern for transmission.

The mosquitos that carry West Nile are typically night biters. Horse owners are advised to contact their veterinarians for information about equine vaccines for West Nile virus.

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Interior Health said the risk of becoming seriously ill is low for most people.

How can I protect myself? "And it's the major problem with West Nile", he added.

Check their property for mosquito breeding sites. Mosquitoes lay their larvae in standing water. Stagnant backyard pools can be a big source of mosquitoes and should be maintained regularly to prevent mosquito growth.

Based on the number of positive mosquito samples so far, "overall WNV activity in California is less than past year", officials said on August 14. "Paying attention to like dusk and dawn, which is when they're out the most", Skuza said.

To reduce risk of exposure to the virus, Utahns should use repellent, wear long sleeves and trousers after dusk, remove standing water outside their homes, clean their gutters and keep grass and weeds trimmed short, health officials advised.

Apply insect repellents that contain the active ingredient DEET, or other EPA approved product to exposed skin or clothing, and always following the manufacturer's directions for use.