WLUC) – The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) and Ottawa County Health Department Tuesday confirmed the state’s first human an infection with a mosquito-borne virus for 2020 as a county resident examined constructive for Jamestown Canyon virus.
Jamestown Canyon virus is unfold to folks by bites from contaminated mosquitoes. Most instances happen from late spring by mid-fall. Illness can develop from just a few days to 2 weeks following a mosquito chunk. While most individuals don’t turn out to be sick, preliminary signs can embrace fever, headache and fatigue. In uncommon instances, it might probably trigger extreme illness, together with an infection of the mind – encephalitis – or the liner across the mind and spinal wire – meningitis.
MDHHS is releasing no additional details about the resident who examined constructive for confidentiality causes.
“During the nice and cozy climate months in Michigan, there may be at all times a danger of viruses unfold by mosquitoes, together with however not restricted to West Nile virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis.” mentioned Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, MDHHS chief medical government and chief deputy director for well being. “This is a crucial reminder to remain vigilant and shield towards mosquito bites all through the summer season and into the autumn”.
Michigan reported its first two instances of Jamestown Canyon virus in 2018 in sufferers from Oakland and Menominee counties. In 2019, one case was detected in an individual from Cass County.
While the virus is discovered all through a lot of the U.S., stories have been rising within the higher Midwest. This seemingly displays elevated consciousness and testing, however may additionally be attributable to a rise within the presence of the virus within the atmosphere.
The virus might be unfold by many forms of mosquitoes that turn out to be contaminated after they feed on deer or different animals which have the virus of their blood. These contaminated mosquitoes can then unfold the virus to different animals or folks by bites.
Residents can keep wholesome through the use of easy, efficient methods to guard themselves and their households. The following steps are advisable to keep away from Jamestown Canyon virus and different mosquito-borne illnesses:
Apply insect repellents that include the energetic ingredient DEET, or different EPA-approved merchandise to uncovered pores and skin or clothes. Always comply with the producer’s instructions to be used.
Wear light-colored, long-sleeved shirts and lengthy pants when outdoor. Apply insect repellent to clothes to assist stop bites.
Maintain window and door screening to assist hold mosquitoes exterior.
Empty water from mosquito breeding websites across the residence, comparable to buckets, unused kiddie swimming pools, previous tires or related websites the place mosquitoes lay eggs.
For extra data and surveillance exercise about West Nile virus and different mosquito-borne viruses, go to www.michigan.gov/westnilevirus.