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West Nile Virus, Zika Virus and Hover Fly

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West Nile Virus, Zika Virus and Hover Fly

Reduce the Risk of Getting West Nile Virus

  • Drain standing water in your yard. Empty water from mosquito breeding sites, such as flower pots, pet bowls, clogged rain gutters, swimming pool covers, discarded tires, buckets, barrels, cans and similar items in which mosquitoes can lay eggs.
  • Minimize activities in areas where mosquitoes are present such as shaded areas.
  • Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants outdoors.
  • Use insect repellent containing no more than 35% DEET (N, N-diethyl-m-tolusamide). When using insecticide or insect repellent, follow manufacturer’s directions for use.
  • Avoid using repellent on children under 2 years of age.
  • On children 2-6 years of age, repellants should be used sparingly and contain only 10% DEET.
  • Be careful using repellent on the hands of older children because repellents may irritate eyes and mouth.
  • Maintain window and door screening to keep mosquitoes out of buildings.

Information on the Zika Virus

Oakland County Health Division has mapped out a strategy to help prevent Zika virus should the mosquito carrying the disease come to Michigan. County Executive L. Brooks Patterson previewed some of the steps already being taken in his Feb. 10, 2016 State of the County address.

Zika is a mosquito-borne disease that is spread to individuals mainly from the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. It also can be spread from a pregnant woman to her fetus. There have been reports of a serious birth defect of the brain called microcephaly in babies of mothers who had contracted the Zika virus while pregnant. Microcephaly is a condition where a baby’s head is much smaller than expected. Information about the link between Zika and poor birth outcomes is evolving. Until more information is known, however, the CDC recommends special travel precautions for pregnant women.

There is no vaccine for West Nile Encephalitis or the Zika Virus. However, by following these guidelines you can reduce the risk of becoming infected. Report dead crows to Oakland County Health Division’s information line at 877.377.3641. For more information on West Nile Virus or Zika Virus call the number above or visit the website at www.oakgov.com/health


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Hover Fly

Every spring a small fly emerges from the ground and appears harmful and looks like a bee or wasp. It actually is a Hover Fly. They are very good for the environment their larvae feed on aphids and are beneficial to the organic Gardner. We posted up flyers by the areas they seem to emerge so people know that they are not bees but actually flies. If you have any question google Hover Flies or call the DPW 248.288.3222

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