mosquitoes http://michiganradio.org en Michigan health officials sound the alarm for West Nile Virus http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-health-officials-sound-alarm-west-nile-virus <p>The first human case of West Nile virus is being reported in Michigan this week.</p><p></p><p>Last year, the virus killed 17 people in this state.</p><p></p><p>Here's the good news: There has been lots of rain this year.</p><p></p><p>It turns out the kind of mosquitos that carry West Nile like dry, hot weather.</p><p></p><p>The bad news: we're not in the clear yet. August and September are the peak months for mosquitos.</p><p></p><p>It wasn't until this time last year that Michigan had its first human case in 2012.</p><p></p> Sat, 03 Aug 2013 12:36:00 +0000 Kate Wells 13817 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan health officials sound the alarm for West Nile Virus Michigan's West Nile Virus season off to an early start http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-west-nile-virus-season-early-start <p>Michigan’s West Nile Virus season is getting off to an earlier than normal start.</p><p></p><p>State health officials report a wild turkey in Gratiot County tested positive for the mosquito-borne illness last month.</p><p></p><p>Angela Minicuci is with the Michigan Department of Community Health. She says the first signs of West Nile don’t usually appear in Michigan until the end of June or the beginning of July.</p><p></p> Sun, 02 Jun 2013 10:21:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 12839 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan's West Nile Virus season off to an early start Spring floods bring bumper crop of mosquitoes http://michiganradio.org/post/spring-floods-bring-bumper-crop-mosquitoes <p>The worst mosquito swarms I’ve ever experienced are at my dad’s house in the country.</p><p>I’ll let my stepmom, Patty, explain:</p><p>“We actually run from the house to the car and when you open the door you get many in there, probably 30-40 mosquitoes, so you start swatting and you have to roll down your window and drive, as you’re getting eaten, to try to get the mosquitoes out.”</p><p>She says this spring is the worst she’s ever seen. It’s so bad, they attack you the minute you walk out the door and bite you through your clothes. &nbsp;</p><p>So I decided to turn to a mosquito expert to find out what’s going on.</p><p> Thu, 23 May 2013 21:16:07 +0000 Rebecca Williams 12719 at http://michiganradio.org Spring floods bring bumper crop of mosquitoes West Nile virus threatens Labor Day celebrations http://michiganradio.org/post/west-nile-virus-threatens-labor-day-celebrations <p>DETROIT (AP) - People celebrating Labor Day weekend outdoors in Michigan could be setting themselves up as the main course for feasting mosquitoes including the species known to carry the West Nile virus.<br><br> The disease has become the summer scourge across the country and the state where on Thursday an 87-year-old Kent County woman became its fifth fatality.<br><br> State health officials are working with local governments to educate residents on how to best avoid the disease after an unusually warm spring encouraged the early hatching of mosquitoes that transmit the virus.<br> Sun, 02 Sep 2012 14:23:14 +0000 Steve Carmody 8913 at http://michiganradio.org MDCH reports summer's second Michigan West Nile fatality http://michiganradio.org/post/mdch-reports-summers-second-michigan-west-nile-fatality <p>Michigan officials say a second person has died from the West Nile virus, and 18 more cases have been reported this week.</p><p>Today, the Michigan Department of Community Health released figures (see chart) showing two deaths and 41 cases this season.<br><br>Officials last week said an elderly woman in Washtenaw County died from West Nile. Details of the most recent death were not released.</p><p>The data shows cases span several counties, including nine cases in Wayne, eight in Macomb, six in Oakland and seven in Detroit.<br><br>Yesterday, federal officials reported four times the usual number of cases in the current U.S. West Nile outbreak.<br><br>So far, 1,118 illnesses and 41 deaths have been reported nationwide. Typically, fewer than 300 cases are reported by mid-August.</p><p>Prevention <a href="http://www.oakgov.com/health/assets/Documents/WNV/How%20to%20reducetherisk2010.pdf">tips</a> include draining standing water in your yard, avoiding skin exposure to mosquitos, wearing mosquito repellant and <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/emergingdiseases/0,4579,7-186--75891--,00.html">reporting</a> sick or dead animals to authorities.</p><p><em>-Elaine Ezekiel, Michigan Radio Newsroom</em></p><p> Thu, 23 Aug 2012 17:25:53 +0000 The Associated Press & Michigan Radio Newsroom 8783 at http://michiganradio.org MDCH reports summer's second Michigan West Nile fatality Hot, dry summer favors mosquitoes that carry West Nile virus http://michiganradio.org/post/hot-dry-summer-favors-mosquitoes-carry-west-nile-virus <p>Maybe you&rsquo;ve noticed you haven&rsquo;t been swatting a lot of mosquitoes this summer.&nbsp;</p><p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s been a strangely quiet year for nuisance mosquitoes in particular.&rdquo;</p><p>Michael Kaufman is a mosquito expert and an associate professor at Michigan State University.&nbsp;</p><p>&ldquo;Most people think all mosquitoes are a nuisance and I guess I&rsquo;d have to agree with that. But the ones most people complain about come out in large numbers after rain events or spring snow melts and things like that.&rdquo;</p><p>Think of nuisance mosquitoes as the kind that attack you in swarms.</p><p>Kaufman says it&rsquo;s been so dry that we haven&rsquo;t had the usual bursts of mosquitoes that you get after a big rain.&nbsp;</p><p>But he says ironically, our hot, dry summer has been ideal for the species of mosquitoes that carry <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/westnile/index.htm">West Nile virus</a>.&nbsp; The species <em>Culex pipiens</em> is the one experts are most concerned about... and those guys like it when it&rsquo;s hot.</p><p>&ldquo;The <em>Culex </em>breed in areas that don&rsquo;t necessarily need that much water. A really good source of them for their larval development is what we call catch basins or parts of storm sewer drainage systems.&rdquo;</p><p>Kaufman says they also like standing water in bird baths and kiddie pools.</p><p> Thu, 09 Aug 2012 13:00:00 +0000 Rebecca Williams 8606 at http://michiganradio.org Hot, dry summer favors mosquitoes that carry West Nile virus Macomb County man may be first victim of West Nile Virus in Michigan this summer http://michiganradio.org/post/macomb-county-man-may-be-first-victim-west-nile-virus-michigan-summer <p>Michigan has its first probable human case of <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/emergingdiseases/0,4579,7-186-25805-75612--,00.html">West Nile Virus</a> this summer.&nbsp; An unnamed Macomb County man died recently, after showing symptoms consistent with the mosquito-borne disease.&nbsp;Lab tests are underway to confirm this was a case of West Nile Virus.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Sue Tremonti&nbsp;is with the Macomb County Health Department.&nbsp; She says West Nile Virus infections are more prevalent than most people think.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 25 Aug 2011 16:09:07 +0000 Steve Carmody 3913 at http://michiganradio.org Macomb County man may be first victim of West Nile Virus in Michigan this summer West Nile Virus time again in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/west-nile-virus-time-again-michigan <p>The search for signs of <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/West_nile_virus">West Nile Virus</a> is once again taking place in Michigan.&nbsp; Symptoms of the mosquito-borne illness include fever, headache, tiredness, and body aches. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;August and September is the prime time for the virus.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Tue, 09 Aug 2011 05:01:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 3653 at http://michiganradio.org West Nile Virus time again in Michigan Mosquito Invasion! http://michiganradio.org/post/mosquito-invasion <p><a href="http://www.mimosq.org/">Mosquitoes</a><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mosquito"> </a>are expected to be an even bigger annoyance than usual for Michiganders this summer.&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="http://www.thetimesherald.com/article/20110527/NEWS01/105270317/Wet-spring-fuels-mosquito-buzz?odyssey=mod%7Cnewswell%7Ctext%7CFRONTPAGE%7Cs">Heavy rains in April and May</a> have set the stage for a big burst of mosquitoes in Michigan this year.&nbsp;</p> Sun, 29 May 2011 19:01:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 2670 at http://michiganradio.org Mosquito Invasion!