West Nile Virus Cases on the Rise
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There are now 41 reported cases of West Nile Virus in Michigan, including two deaths, according to the state Department of Community Health.
It's no secret that mid-Michigan has had a hot and dry summer. Entomologists say that's why we've seen fewer mosquitoes this season.
However, health officials called it a false sense of security because the same conditions are helping to breed mosquitoes that transmit West Nile Virus.The numbers are enough to put some people on edge.
"It makes me really paranoid that anybody could get it," said Ashley Mongar, mother of a two-year-old boy.
According to latest numbers from the Michigan Department of Community Health, as of August 16, there are 24 human cases of West Nile Virus disease reported in the state. Only one of those is in mid-Michigan.
Christine Hendrickson from the Ingham County Department of Community Health says there's no speculation why mid-Michigan is not hit as hard, but they will continue to monitor.
"If that were to increase we'd certainly be in communication with the Michigan Department of Community Health and potentially with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention," Hendrickson said.
For Ashley Mongar, it's all about taking precautions, especially for her son.
"Socks, shoes, pants, long sleeves, enough where he's not too hot but enough where there's no skin showing besides his face," said Mongar.