The season's first positive specimen of West Nile virus in Grand Rapids was discovered on the city's South East side on Tuesday, Aug. 8.
The virus was found as a result of a, "massive mosquito surveillance project conducted by the environmental health division at the Kent County Health Department". The individual confirmed to have West Nile Virus had the more serious form of the illness, which can impact the brain and surrounding tissues. There have been no human cases of West Nile virus in OH this year.
So far in DE this year, no cases of WNV or EEE have been found in humans or horses. In 2016, 95 West Nile cases and one West Nile-related death were reported. "This year we are seeing both at the same time and it is a reminder to avoid mosquito bites".
The health department expects West Nile to be present to some degree until the first frost, London said, so people should take precautions to prevent contracting the disease. The symptoms may last several weeks, and neurological effects may be permanent.
Before going outdoors, do not forget to apply an insect repellent containing 25 to 35 percent DEET when outdoors.
If you must be outdoors when mosquitoes are most active, DRESS in long sleeves and trousers. Products containing picaridin and permethrin have also been found to be effective in repelling mosquitoes, as has oil of lemon eucalyptus.
Minimize outdoor activities between dusk and dawn.
Mosquito-proof your home. Install or fix screens on windows and doors to keep mosquitoes outside. Empty standing water from flowerpots, gutters, buckets, pool covers, pet water dishes, discarded tires, and birdbaths on a regular basis.