West Nile Virus: A Threat to all Ages

West Nile Virus: A Threat to all Ages first appeared on the Backyard Bug Patrol blog.

There are so many news reports lately about West Nile Virus, that we just have to keep sharing them with you. It’s a problem we can’t ignore and so spreading awareness can only do good.  Sadly, the virus has claimed a second victim in Maryland this year.

West Nile Virus Cause of Laurel Woman’s Death: ICYMI

The city of Laurel said in a release from the victim’s two daughters that Dorothy Mount died Sept. 8 at the Baltimore VA Medical Center. Japonette Mount says a VA Medical Center representative called the family to tell them their mother died from the mosquito-borne virus.

Active spraying for mosquitoes has been taking place via the Department of Agriculture, however, there are steps that you can take in making sure that your own mosquito control is up to date.

At 94 years of age, West Nile Virus is not the most obvious or common cause of death that others would expect to be confirmed. Another woman, this time from Oakland aged 81, has also died from complications of the virus.

Oakland County woman who died of West Nile Virus identified

An 81-year-old woman from Oakland County has died due to complications from the West Nile Virus, according to the Oakland County Department of Health and Human Services. The woman is the first West Nile Virus death in Oakland County in over a decade, and the first this year in the state, officials said.

No matter what your age, you must take note of this very real threat. Protect yourselves and protect those who are vulnerable due to their age, whether they are your young children, your grandparents or an elderly neighbour. We all have a responsibility to keep safe and healthy.

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