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Editorial: Enjoy the weekend, but take precautions

August 30, 2012
The Alpena News

Many of us will enjoy the outdoors this holiday weekend. As we do, however, take a moment and lather up a bit with bug spray, just to reduce the chances of mosquito bites.

Because incidents of West Nile Virus have spiked across Michigan the past two weeks, health officials - and even a state legislator - are warning residents to be smart while outside, and use repellent.

As of Thursday there have been 87 confirmed cases of West Nile in Michigan, resulting in five deaths. Nationally, West Nile incidents were up 40 percent last week to 1,590, and 66 deaths according to Center for Disease Control officials.

Those same officials warned that this year could well be headed to the most reported incidents ever since the disease first appeared in 1999.

Symptoms of the disease include headache, fever, disorientation, body aches and neck stiffness, just to name a few.

As with most things in life, a little common sense goes a long way in reducing exposure and chances of problems. In this instance, remember these four simple things:

State Sen. John Moolenaar urged residents to enjoy the weekend, but given the high amount of cases in Michigan, he also urged his constituents to reduce their exposure to mosquito bites.

Avoiding mosquitos in Michigan is about as easy as a child avoiding sweets in a candy store. Still, all of us can take a few extra precautions, and we urge you to do just that until mosquito season is behind us.



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