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Mosquito pool in Pontiac tests positive for West Nile Virus

The first mosquito pool in Oakland County tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV). No human cases of the virus have been confirmed in Oakland County yet this year. Preventive measures help reduce the risk of catching this mosquito-borne disease, which is typically detected from June through September.

Follow these tips to prevent mosquito bites:

  • Use insect repellent. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends the use of insect repellents containing active ingredients registered with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Always follow manufacturer’s directions carefully.
  • Be careful using repellent on the hands of children because repellents may irritate the eyes and mouth.
  • Wear protective clothing such as long sleeved shirts and pants.
  • Limit outdoor activity from dusk to dawn when mosquitoes are most active.
  • Maintain window and door screens to keep mosquitoes out of buildings.
  • Get rid of mosquito breeding sites by emptying standing water that collects in birdbaths, boats, buckets, tires, unused pools, roof gutters and other containers.

To learn more, visit the Oakland County website

 

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