It has been confirmed by the Kalamazoo County Health & Community Services Department that a resident in Kalamazoo County was diagnosed with the West Nile Virus on Wednesday, Sept. 26, according to MLive.  By definition, West Nile Fever West Nile fever is a viral infection typically spread by mosquitoes. In about 75% of infections people have few or no symptoms. About 20% of people develop a fever, headache, vomiting, or a rash. In less than 1% of people, encephalitis or meningitis occurs, with associated neck stiffness, confusion, or seizures.

Health officials state that people who work or play outdoors have the highest risk of bites from infected mosquitoes, and that this potensially fatal virus threat will continue until we see some freezing temperatures. Wearing insect repelant, especially during dusk and dawn will help prevent you from contracting the virus.

There have already been 4 deaths from West Nile in Michigan so far in Allegan, Kent, Wayne and Oakland county. Here are some tips to keep you safe from this virus:


 

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