Three Kent County mosquitoes test positive for West Nile virus

An adult female mosquito is seen under a microscope at the Sun Yat-Sen University-Michigan University Joint Center of Vector Control for Tropical Disease on June 21, 2016 in Guangzhou, China. (WWMT/Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

Surveillance and testing at the Kent County Health Department found three presumptive positive cases of mosquitoes carrying West Nile virus in the county, health leaders said.

Health officials found the mosquitoes after setting traps in the 49504 and 49525 zip codes.They said they are not human cases.

“Discovering these cases in mosquitoes should serve as a reminder to everyone who lives in West Michigan that West Nile Virus season is upon us,” Brendan Earl, Supervising Sanitarian at KCHD, said. “It is important for people to take precautions to prevent mosquito bites as much as possible.”

Health leaders said there is no vaccine or cure for the virus and the test treatment is prevention.

How to prevent West Nile virus:

The Kent County health leaders said the best way to prevent the virus is to:

  • Wear a mosquito repellent that contains 10 – 35% DEET;
  • Wear light-colored clothing; and
  • Stay indoors during dusk.

They also recommended to stop mosquitoes from breeding by removing or refreshing water in bird baths, children's wading polls, water bowls for your pets or empty any other small container that can collect water.

Health leaders said only about 20% of the people infected with the virus will notice symptoms that may include headache, body aches, joint pains and fatigue. Most people with this type of West Nile virus completely recover, but fatigue may last for weeks or even months.