Cases of West Nile virus continue to rise in Saginaw County

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The mosquito-borne virus can lead in rare cases to "severe symptoms, seizures and comas", said Marielena Vélez de Brown, the county's deputy public health commissioner.

One person in Ventura County has contracted West Nile virus, health officials said August 9.

The Portage County Health and Human Services Division is asking for residents to watch for West Nile after it was found in the county. In addition to the eight human cases, three MI blood donors have had WNV detected in their blood.

Reports of infections of the brain and nervous system are more reliable indicators of West Nile's seriousness than statistics for flu-like West Nile fever or symptomless infections found most often when people donate blood, he and Ratard both said.

As always make sure you wear mosquito repellent, long sleeves and trousers to reduce the risk of getting bitten. Consult a physician before applying insect repellents on children.

Install screens on all windows.

Clothing Can Help Reduce Mosquito Bites. DEET products should not be used on infants under two months of age and should be used in concentrations of 30% or less on older children.

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Be Aware of Peak Mosquito Hours - The hours from dusk to dawn are peak biting times for many mosquitoes.

Cover up your exposed skin with long trousers and long sleeves.

After it rains, you should tip and toss any standing water, where mosquitos may breed, including clogged gutters. If you've got a plastic swimming pool, empty it when it's not in use. Unused swimming pools should be drained and kept dry during the mosquito season.

Keep mosquitoes out of your home.

Stressing that "public health is in danger", Giorgos Patoulis, who is president of Greece's Union of Municipalities and Communities (KEDE), called for a national action plan.

The CDC has reported human cases of West Nile in 40 states this summer.

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