2 human cases of West Nile virus in Kent County

A mosquito trap. (July 30, 2015)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Health officials have confirmed two human cases of West Nile virus in Kent County.

The Kent County Health Department says it’s unknown where the two unrelated adults contracted the disease.

Symptoms of West Nile virus include stiff neck, disorientation, coma, tremors, muscle weakness, convulsions and paralysis. About one-in-five infected people will have mild illness with fever.

West Nile virus is not contagious from person to person.

Health officials are reminding people to take extra care during peak mosquito hours between dusk and dawn, use repellent with DEET, wear light-colored clothing and to avoid outdoor activities during these times. Resident can help stop mosquitoes from breeding by removing any standing water in their yard and keeping their lawn and shrubs cut.



Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: West Nile virus

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