Macomb, Oakland Counties Report Cases of West Nile Virus


The Macomb County Health Department has confirmed the first case of West Nile virus has been identified in the county since 2013. West Nile virus is transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected mosquito. 

Macomb County Health Officer Bill Ridella says symptoms of West Nile virus may include flu-like symptoms with severe headache, fever, fatigue, weakness, and/or rash. Most people are at a low risk for serious illness. 

He says people should apply insect repellent when outdoors, wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants, and socks, and avoid being outside at dusk and dawn.

The Oakland County Health Division has also received confirmation from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services of a blood donor testing positive for West Nile Virus in Oakland County. Mosquito pools and a crow have also tested positive for West Nile virus in Oakland County. 

“With so many people enjoying the outdoors this coming Labor Day weekend, it is important that everyone protect themselves from mosquito bites — especially those 50 and older who are more susceptible to severe West Nile virus disease symptoms,” says Kathy Forzley, health officer of the Oakland County Health Division. “