Oakland County Health says 2 humans have West Nile

The Oakland County Health Division said Friday that two people have West Nile Virus in the county and are urging people to arm themselves against the virus.

The OCHD said the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services confirmed two cases of West Nile Virus in humans. According to the press release, West Nile has also been found in two mosquito traps, a crow and a blood donor this year.

The OCHD issued several tips to avoid contracting WNV. Of course, use insect repellent, wear long-sleeved shirts and pants, and avoid pools of water.

"All residents are strongly urged to follow prevention tips to protect themselves from WNV, especially those who are 50 and older who are more susceptible to severe symptoms," said Kathy Forzley, OCHD manager/health officer. "Most people infected with WNV do not have any symptoms, but for those who do become sick, the disease can be serious, even fatal."

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