Just because it’s September, doesn’t mean you can stop thinking about West Nile Virus. While the Michigan mosquito season normally reaches its peak in late August, it won’t decline until evening temperatures get below 50 degrees, which might not happen consistently until next month.
At last count, the Michigan health officials are reporting 44 cases of West Nile Virus in Wayne County and 19 cases in Oakland County (updated case counts can be found here). According to the Michigan Department of Community Health, we’ve seen the highest number of cases at this point in the season since 2002, the year West Nile first appeared in Michigan.
Continue to protect yourself and your family by following the 4Ds of West Nile Virus prevention:
- DUSK – Avoid being outside when mosquitoes are most active: dusk and dawn.
- DEET – Use insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, or oil of lemon eucalyptus.
- DRESS – Wear long sleeves and pants when possible outdoors.
- DRAINAGE – Drain all standing water around your home.