Well being officers in Oakland County are urging residents to take precautions towards West Nile virus after it was just lately found in a pattern of mosquitoes in Pontiac. 

Residents ought to use Environmental Safety Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellent, put on protecting clothing corresponding to lengthy-sleeved shirts and pants, and keep window and door screens to maintain mosquitoes out of buildings, officials stated. It’s also a good idea to avoid outside activity at daybreak and dusk, when mosquitoes are probably the most lively. 

Individuals may also help scale back mosquito breeding sites by eradicating standing water from areas around their houses. 

The invention in Pontiac is the first constructive pattern in Oakland County thus far this season. There have been no human instances.

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Most people who are contaminated with West Nile virus have both no symptoms or experience a light illness reminiscent of a fever, headache and physique aches.

Nevertheless, some individuals can develop a severe sickness that impacts the central nervous system, resembling encephalitis or meningitis. Individuals 50 and older are more likely to develop critical and probably life-threatening signs.

West Nile virus is the main explanation for mosquito-borne illness within the continental U.S., based on the Facilities for Illness Control and Prevention. 

For extra info, go to oakgov.com/well being or comply with @publichealthOC on Fb, Twitter and Pinterest. 

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