West Nile case confirmed in Kalamazoo Co. resident

West Nile case confirmed in Kalamazoo Co. resident

West Nile case confirmed in Kalamazoo Co. resident

The Orange County Department of Health has been working with municipalities where mosquitoes positive for West Nile Virus have been found.

The agency did not disclose any details about the victim in reporting the death Monday. At the beginning of September, the municipality of Bourgas at the Black Sea issued a warning after a woman showed symptoms of West Nile fever. Most of those recover completely, but fatigue and weakness can last for weeks or months.

Individuals who have medical questions related to West Nile virus may call the Suffolk County Department of Health Services' Division of Public Health: 631-854-0333.

Limit time spent outside at dawn and dusk, when mosquitoes are most active.

Apply insect repellents that contain DEET, or other EPA approved product to exposed skin or clothing, and always following the manufacturer's directions for use. Also, check and fix screen doors to prevent adult mosquitoes from entering your home.

Symptoms of severe illness can range from a high fever and headache to vision loss or paralysis, according to the CDC, and no vaccine or antiviral treatments are available.

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Residents are encouraged to eliminate stagnant water around their homes, which allows mosquitos to breed.

Among the recommendations: use insect repellent containing DEET*, spray clothing with repellent containing permethrin, avoid going outside from dusk to dawn when most mosquitoes are active, wear long sleeves and long trousers when nighttime activity is unavoidable, eliminate standing water from flowerpots, clogged gutters, recycle bins, birdbaths, toys, swimming pool and hot tub covers.

In 2018, four MI residents have died from West Nile.

Keep door and window screens in good working condition. The effort was funded through a federal grant this year after three West Nile fatalities in the region a year ago.

Too, anyone spotting a dead bird should report it online or by calling a special toll free hotline: 1-877-WNV-BIRD (968-2473).

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