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Health department confirms 8 cases of West Nile Virus

DETROIT — The Detroit Department of Health and Wellness Promotion (DHWP) is reporting eight confirmed cases of West Nile Virus. All cases are adults who have received medical treatment.West Nile Virus is an arborvirus that is transmitted by mosquitoes. Most individuals infected with West Nile Virus experience no symptoms. A minority of patients develops symptoms that may include a fever, rash, headache, joint pain, muscle aches, GI symptoms, fatigue and weakness. About 1 in 150 people infected can develop severe symptoms such as paralysis. If you experience these symptoms, seek medical attention from your primary care provider or hospital immediately.

DHWP will continue to conduct surveillance and track patterns and activities of WNV throughout the summer.

For more information, visit www.cdc.gov/westnilev

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