Allegan County Man Dies From West Nile Virus

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Health officials have confirmed a case of the West Nile virus in a Kalamazoo County resident.

The agency did not disclose any details about the victim in reporting the death Monday.

"West Nile virus, like other mosquito-borne diseases, can cause symptoms that include body aches, body rash, diarrhea, headaches, joint pains or vomiting", according to Christina Hinkle, director of clinic services. Department officials are further reporting that earlier this month, on September 4 to be exact, a dead California Scrub Jay was found in Sonora and tested for West Nile virus. These individuals are urged to take precautions to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes during mosquito season, which extends from June 1 through November 1.

Fayette County last had a human case of West Nile in August 2017.

Apply insect repellents that contain DEET, or other EPA approved product to exposed skin or clothing, and always following the manufacturer's directions for use.

Which means, said Darcy Basye, Environmental Health coordinator at the local department, that efforts to reduce mosquito numbers and to prevent mosquito bites should also continue.

Make sure window and door screens are in good fix to prevent mosquito entry. Less than 1% of people infected with the virus get seriously ill with symptoms that include high fever, muscle weakness, stiff neck, disorientation, mental confusion, tremors, confusion, paralysis, and coma. There have been no deaths from West Nile in 2018.

Remove water standing for more than 3 days from bird baths, pet dishes, flower pots, outdoor stored automotive tires or neglected swimming pools. "You should wear insect repellant and dress in long sleeves and trousers if going outside during dusk and dawn".

The number of human cases of West Nile virus varies each year. Californians are encouraged to report all dead birds through the website.

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