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West Nile Virus Found in Two Counties

West Nile Virus Found in Two Counties

By FOX 47 News. CREATED Jul 3, 2012

West Nile Virus has been located in two Michigan counties: Saginaw and Washtenaw.

In Saginaw County, the WNV was found in a mosquito pool sample collected in mid-June.

In Washtenaw County, the virus was found in a wild turkey.

These show that WNV is present in both mosquitoes and birds, and therefore could pose a risk to human health.

Last year in Michigan, there were 34 cases of serious illnesses, and two deaths, linked to West Nile Virus.

The Michigan Department of Community Health is urging people to use mosquito repellents during peak biting periods: dusk and dawn.

You should also drain standing water around your property because standing water is a prime breeding ground for mosquitoes.