Oakland County man dies from West Nile virus complications

September 25, 2018

PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — An 80-year-old southeastern Michigan man has died from complications due to the West Nile virus.

Oakland County health officials say it’s the state’s second reported death this year related to the virus and the first in Oakland County since 2015.

West Nile virus primarily is transmitted to humans through the bites of infected mosquitoes. Mosquitoes are infected with the virus by biting infected birds.

Older people are vulnerable, especially if they have other health problems. Most people who become infected will not develop any symptoms, but some become sick three to 15 days after exposure.

Oakland County health officer Leigh-Anne Stafford said the man’s death is “a tragic reminder of how severe West Nile virus can be, especially for adults over 50 who are at greater risk for severe illness.”

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