Health Officers in Oakland County urge residents to take precautions against the West Nile virus after being recently found in a sample of Pontiac mosquitoes.

Proprietors should use registered EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) insecticides, wear protective clothing such as long-sleeved shirts and trousers, and keep window and door screens to keep mosquitoes out of buildings, officials said. It is also a good idea to avoid outdoor activities at dawn and dusk, when mosquitoes are most active.

People can help reduce mosquito nets by removing standing water from areas around their homes.

The discovery in Pontiac is the first positive test in Oakland County so far this season. There are no human cases.

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Most people infected with West Nile virus have no symptoms or experience a mild disease such as fever, headache and body pain.

But some may develop a serious disease affecting the central nervous system, such as encephalitis or meningitis. People aged 50 and over are more likely to develop serious and potentially life-threatening symptoms.

West Nile virus is the leading cause of mosquito-borne disease in the continental United States, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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