From: Angela Parsons [mailto:parsonsa@ewashtenaw.org]
Sent:Saturday, June 19, 2010 8:14 AM
Subject: West Nile Virus Prevention in Washtenaw County

Washtenaw County Local Units of Government Leader:

The mosquitoes have arrived!

Michigan and Washtenaw County have experienced human, horse, or bird cases of West Nile virus (WNV) every year since 2001. From what we know, WNV is probably here to stay. For that reason, the Washtenaw County Public Health Department is recommending continued vigilance, with an emphasis on personal responsibility. Residents should use personal protection during outdoor activities, eliminate standing water around their homes, repair broken screens, and take other actions to prevent infection. We are further recommending that municipalities begin or continue larviciding activities where budgets allow. We do know that larviciding of catch basins has been effective in reducing the Culex species of mosquitoes, believed to be the primary vector for WNV.

The County is taking a number of steps to help in the detection and prevention of WNV:

Enclosed with this email is a press release we sent out to media contacts announcing the start of the West Nile virus season, an executive summary of last year’s surveillance and control efforts, and educational materials you may copy for distribution to your constituents.

Please feel free to contact the West Nile virus hotline at 734-544-6750 for any questions or concerns.

Sincerely,

Richard M. Fleece, RS
Public Health Officer
Environmental Health Director
Department of Public Health

Diana Torres-Burgos, MD, MPH
Medical Director
Department of Public Health

Attachments:
6.9.10 WNV Press Release.pdf
2009 WNV Executive Summary.pdf
WNV Fact Sheet.pdf
Standing Water Sites.pdf
WNV Flyer.pdf