DETROIT HEALTH DEPARTMENT REPORTS NINTH CASE OF WEST NILE VIRUS, ENCOURAGES DETROITERS TO “FIGHT THE BITE”
The City of Detroit Department of Health and Wellness Promotion (DHWP) is reporting a ninth confirmed case of West Nile Virus (WNV). All cases are adults who have received medical treatment. The Michigan Department of Community Health has reported 80 cases and 4 deaths; 62 of the 80 cases were severe and required hospitalization. In response to these numbers, DHWP is surveying all WNV activities and urging residents to “Fight the Bite” to prevent contracting West Nile Virus.
As you head outdoors to enjoy the holiday weekend, there are precautions you should take to protect yourself and your family. The Detroit Department of Health and Wellness Promotion urges you to follow the 4Ds of West Nile Virus prevention:
DUSK – Avoid being outside when mosquitoes are most active: dusk and dawn
DEET – Use insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, or oil of lemon eucalyptus
DRESS – Wear long sleeves and pants when possible outdoors
DRAINAGE – Drain all standing water around your home
The Michigan mosquito season peaks in late August and will decline as evening temperatures get below 50 degrees. West Nile Virus is an arborvirus that is transmitted by mosquitoes. Most individuals infected with West Nile Virus experience no symptoms. A minority of patients develops symptoms that may include a fever, rash, headache, joint pain, muscle aches, GI symptoms, fatigue and weakness. About 1 in 150 people infected can develop severe symptoms such as paralysis. If you experience these symptoms, seek medical attention from your primary care provider or hospital immediately.
For more information on the West Nile Virus, visit http://www.michigan.gov/westnile.