West Nile has been detected in several birds collected in Kalamazoo County, according to The Kalamazoo County Health & Community Services Department.
Ohio's Department of Health said Tuesday two horses in Northeast Ohio tested positive for the virus that is transmitted through bites from infected mosquitoes.
Public Health officials are concerned about widespread West Nile Virus activity throughout the area and are urging residents of all ages to take the necessary steps to reduce their exposure to mosquitoes.
There have been no reported human cases in the area.
They say the horses confirmed with the virus had not been vaccinated. To help prevent the mosquito population from growing- be sure to dump out any standing water in your yard such as bird baths or flower pots. You should wear loose-fitting and long-sleeved clothing.
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Install screens on all windows and doors.
Mosquitoes have tested positive for West Nile virus in Washington County. The public is encouraged to continue to alert district officials when they come across dead birds, so the district can track the spread of the virus.
The centre for disease control says most people who get infected will show no symptoms, but the disease can be serious for one of about every 150 who are infected. Eight of these cases occurred in Dane County, which was the highest number ever reported in the county.
As always make sure you wear mosquito repellent, long sleeves and trousers to reduce the risk of getting bitten.
There is no specific treatment for West Nile virus other than to treat symptoms.
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