A 44-year-old Bay County woman with pre-existing health problems and a nine-month-old Oakland County baby may have been hospitalized as a result of the effects of West Nile virus.
Both people went into the hospital with symptoms of encephalitis. The woman is improving in the hospital. The baby is also improving, but he is no longer in hospital care.
Health officials are investigating the two cases along with two other probable cases of human West Nile virus. The Center for Disease Control test results should be available by the end of this week or next week.
They say people should not panic because many people will experience the West Nile virus without even noticing they have it. However, experts say people should continue to take normal precautions to protect themselves from mosquitoes. (wearing repellant, clearing stagnant ponds of water, wearing long sleeves, etc.)
Entomologists say mosquitoes usually live for about two weeks, and during that time they can lay 700 eggs. They recommend using insect repellant with DEET.
DEET is also called diethyl toluamide. Experts say DEET confuses a mosquito and disorients it when it is looking for a prey. It stops the mosquito from drawing blood when it bites someone.
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Source: www.lambtonhealth.on.ca/environmental/mosquito.asp contributed to this report.