'Unusually high' number of mosquitoes with West Nile in Kent Co.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The Kent County Health Department has found an “unusually high” number of trapped mosquitoes testing positive for West Nile virus this year.

There haven’t been any human cases reported in Kent County this year, but a health department release says the increased number of mosquitoes testing positive could lead to a rise in human cases.

There is no vaccine or cure for West Nile, but the Kent County Health Department offers tips to protect yourself:

  • Wear a mosquito repellant that contains 10 percent to 35 percent DEET.
  • Wear light-colored clothing; dark clothing attracts mosquitoes.
  • Stay indoors during dusk, when mosquitoes are most active.
  • Remove standing water in your yard, which can be a mosquito breeding ground.
  • Keep your lawn and shrubs cut.

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