Health dept: Oakland County blood donor positive for West Nile

- The Oakland  County Health Department said a potential blood donor has tested positive for West Nile Virus.

The donor was giving blood to the American Red Cross when the infection was detected. According to the Health Department, the Red Cross tests blood donations regularly for a variety of infectious diseases, cinlduing West nile Virus.

The Oakland County Health Department said this is the first blood donation in 2016 that has tested positive for West Nile Virus.

"We know that West Nile Virus is in our community, so it is important that everyone protect themselves from mosquito bites - especially those 50 and older who are more susceptible to severe WNV disease symptoms." said Kathy Forzley, Health Division health officer.

The best way to prevent an infection is to avoid mosquito bites:

Spray clothing and exposed skin with insect repellent. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends use of insect repellents containing DEET and Picaridin. Always follow manufacturer's directions carefully, especially when using on children.

Minimize activities where mosquitoes are present such as shaded and wooded areas.

Wear protective clothing such as long-sleeved shirts and pants.

Limit outdoor activity from dusk to dawn when mosquitoes are most active.

Maintain window and door screening to keep mosquitoes out of buildings.

Eliminate standing water in your yard.

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