Tarrant County Health Officials Confirm West Nile Virus In Colleyville

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Tarrant County Health Officials Confirm West Nile Virus In Colleyville

The spread of West Nile virus is likely to occur between Spring and Autumn when mosquitos are most active.

The West Nile virus has symptoms of high fever, confusion, muscle weakness and a severe headache.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services have tested mosquitoes in several counties across the state that were confirmed to contain the West Nile Virus.

Tests last month found mosquitoes positive for West Nile in Glenview and other areas further north and east. More serious complications include neurological illnesses, like meningitis or encephalitis.

"It exclusively takes one bite from a contaminated mosquito to trigger a severe sickness, so take further care throughout peak mosquito-biting hours, which are nightfall and daybreak", stated Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, MDHHS chief medical executive and Chief Deputy Director for health, in an announcement.

The skeeters have landed and so far there has been one case of the West Nile Virus in MI with probably more to follow.

Illness from the virus can happy to anyone but people working outside and citizens over 60 years old have a higher risk of getting sick. "We urge Michiganders to take precautions similar to using insect repellant wearing lengthy-sleeved shirts and long trousers when outside throughout these time durations".

The Michigan Department of Health (MDHHS) is urging residents to take caution against mosquito bites.

Officials with both abatement districts warn the smallest amount of standing water, as small as a bottle cap, can become a breeding ground for the culex mosquito, which carries West Nile.

The virus tends to develop quicker when the temperatures warm up. Instead dress your child in clothing that covers arms and legs and cover crib, stroller and baby carrier with mosquito netting. They will readily come indoors to bite if window and door screens are not maintained. Fix or replace screens that have tears or other openings.

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