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West Nile Virus cases confirmed in Michigan

Posted at 7:41 AM, Sep 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-01 08:57:08-04

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services said this year, West Nile Virus appears to be a statewide problem. As of late, they've been seeing cases where animals have it, but on Thursday they discovered four cases of people having it in their blood.

"We've been expecting cases for at least a couple of months now, and usually we would have a few more cases because August tends to be our warmest month,"Eden Wells said.

Now that they have confirmation of West Nile, Wells said even with a cooler summer, don't expect the mosquitoes to let up. One dad can't seem to get away from them.

"We’re always out. We coach soccer. We play football. Toward the night time is when we're noticing more mosquitoes," he said.

Wells said it definitely matters the time of day. Mosquitoes peak between morning and evening hours, and if you must go outside, make sure to wear bug spray or wear long sleeves and pants.

The State Department of Health and Human Services said most people who become infected with West Nile will not see any symptoms.
Those that do will have symptoms like headaches, body pains, vomiting and diarrhea or a rash. It usually shows up between three to 15 days after exposure.