Two human cases of West Nile virus infection have been confirmed in Duval and Nassau counties, according to health officials.
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) made the announcement Thursday, saying all but one of the people diagnosed with the virus have been hospitalized.
"This is the critical time of summer when virus activity reaches its peak in the mosquito population", said Dr. Philip Armstrong, Medical Entomologist at the CAES.
Last year, only 10 municipalities reported cases of the virus which has infected at least 77 people from May 31 until August 20, claiming five lives in Attiki alone.
Greece's Center for Disease Prevention and Control (KEELPNO) is expected to release its latest report this week.
Mosquito abatement districts in the county have detected West Nile virus in 30 mosquito pools. Horse owners are advised to contact their veterinarians for information about equine vaccines for West Nile virus.
"Those over 50 and with underlying health conditions are at higher risk of more severe disease".
The Environmental Protection Ministry warned residents to protect themselves against insect bites and called on the local authorities to spray insecticide in areas where there are large numbers of mosquitoes or larvae.
Skuza also said that people should use DEET mosquito repellent, and drain any standing water that is near homes or property.
Install screens on all windows. This is when mosquitoes that can carry the virus are most active. Although it may be hard to do when it's hot, wearing long-sleeves, long trousers and socks when outdoors will help keep mosquitoes away from your skin.
Use mosquito repellent on exposed skin.