Yesterday, Michigan Department of Community Health officials announced that West Nile Virus is now considered an epidemic within the state. To date, five deaths have occurred due to the mosquito-borne virus.
To prevent infection, officials are reminding the public to take precautions, especially at dawn and dusk when the mosquitoes are most active. Other precautions include using insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus, wear long sleeves and pants when possible outside and drain all standing water near the home.
Residents should also take caution because mosquitoes are in their peak breeding season.
For more information, visit the MDCH website at http://www.michigan.gov/mdch/.