Grand Fast, Michigan (tree) – News 8 reporter Barton Deiters was diagnosed with West Nile virus on Thursday and remains hospitalized, his family said.
The state announced on Thursday 10 known cases of human West Nile in Michigan this year, including two in Kent County and one in Bari County.
The 55-year-old Deiters was hospitalized nearly two weeks ago and recently moved to the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor, suffering from an unknown infection.
His wife, Lorena Deiters, said he remained on a fan, but that his fever had subsided.
There is no cure or cure for West Nile, but his wife said doctors are treating his symptoms.
Wyoming-based Deiters joined News 8 in January 201
The West Nile virus is the leading cause of mosquito transmission in the continental United States, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The CDC says eight out of 10 people infected with West Nile virus do not develop any symptoms.
Symptoms in severe cases may include fever, headache, neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremor, convulsions, muscle weakness, vision loss, tingling and paralysis.
To prevent the West Nile, CDC recommends use of insect repellent, wearing long-sleeved shirts and trousers, treatment of clothing and equipment and taking steps to control mosquitoes indoors and outdoors, such as emptying standing water.