West Nile virus detected in crow, first in area in 2015 - WNEM TV 5

West Nile virus detected in crow, first in area in 2015

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Routine mosquito surveillance has detected the first evidence of West Nile virus in crows for the summer.

The Saginaw County Mosquito Abatement Commission discovered a dead crow in Saginaw Township on July 28.

This is the first detection of West Nile virus activity in Saginaw County in 2015.

Monitoring will continue through the end of September by testing mosquito samples and the collection of dead crows and blue jays.

West Nile virus is transmitted through mosquito bites. Most people who contract the virus have no clinical symptoms of the illness but some back become ill 3 to 15 days after the bite of an infected mosquito.

Only two out of 10 people bitten by an infected mosquito will experience illness, and about one in 150 people will suffer serious illness or death.

Individuals 50 years or older have the highest risk of disease.

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