Mich. announces its 1st likely 2011 West Nile case - WNEM TV 5

Mich. announces its 1st likely 2011 West Nile case

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Health officials say a Macomb County man who recently died has been identified as Michigan's first probable human case of West Nile virus this year.

Michigan Department of Community Health announced Thursday that the 48-year-old died after being hospitalized earlier this month with West Nile symptoms.

Test results to confirm West Nile are pending.

The state had 11 confirmed human cases in 2010, including three deaths.

"West Nile Virus is a very serious disease," said Dr. Dean Sienko, Interim Chief Medical Executive.  "It's important that residents understand the risks associated with West Nile Virus and take the appropriate precautions to avoid getting infected."

The agency also says testing detected West Nile virus in a crow that was found dead Aug. 16 in Saginaw County.

Mosquito pools from Saginaw County collected this month tested positive and preliminary results indicate infected mosquitoes in Bay County.

Mosquitoes transmit the virus. Most people bitten by an infected mosquito show no symptoms but some become sick.

Since its arrival in Michigan in 2001, WNV has caused at least 860 human cases and 71 deaths. 

Copyright 2011 WNEM. All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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