West Nile Concerns

By: Jessica Aspiras
By: Jessica Aspiras

"They say it's the younger children and older people. But why take the chance?"

Bill Balla along with his family and friends are enjoying a nice afternoon at Lake Lansing. But once the sun sets he heads indoors.

"I make sure that I stay inside at dawn and dusk. And like I said I make sure I don't have any mosquitoes in the house."

A wise decision according to Natasha Davidson of the Ingham County Health Department.

"While the risk to humans is relatively low, we do have less than 1% that will experience serious illness from West Nile Virus."

West Nile is an illness passed from an infected bird, to a mosquito, and quite possibly to a human. In the past week seven birds in the area have been confirmed dead from the virus, meaning there's virus activity in the community. Still it's typical during this time of year. And 80% of those infected don't even have symptoms. But that doesn't mean you should be careless.

"We don't know how many people will actually get the serious illness. But there is the potential that West Nile Virus can progress into a serious illness."

An illness that could cause death. So it's wise to take every measure you can to keep those pesky insects at bay.


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