Ottawa Co. confirms 1st human case of West Nile virus

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HOLLAND, Mich. (WOOD) — Ottawa County health officials have confirmed their first human case of West Nile virus in the county this year.

The Ottawa County Health Department announced the development in a news release Friday. They’re not disclosing who the patient is or what their condition is.

Kent County health officials previously confirmed five human cases of West Nile in their county; one of them, 64-year-old Miguel Hernandez, died.

Human cases of West Nile virus have also popped up in Berrien, Oakland and Wayne counties. One person in Wayne County has died from it.

Health officials say there’s also a probable human case of West Nile virus in Allegan County.

Kent County health officials earlier this month warned that West Nile virus would likely be prevalent this year, after seeing an “unusually high” number of mosquitoes test positive for the virus. MDHHS says mosquitoes in at least eight counties have tested positive for West Nile virus; the Kent County Health Department earlier said 26 percent of the Culex mosquitoes it captured were carrying West Nile.

Health officials say about 80 percent of people infected with West Nile virus do not show symptoms of the illness. About one in 150 infected people becomes severely ill.

While there is no vaccine or cure for West Nile virus, health officials suggest taking the following steps to protect yourself:

  • Wear a mosquito repellant that contains 10 percent to 35 percent DEET.
  • Stay indoors during dusk, when mosquitoes are most active.
  • Remove standing water in your yard, which can be a mosquito breeding ground.
  • Keep your lawn and shrubs cut.
  • Wear light-colored clothing



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