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West Nile Virus found in Saginaw County

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SAGINAW COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

The first evidence of West Nile Virus has been detected in Saginaw County.

The Saginaw County Mosquito Abatement Commission reports that routine surveillance found mosquitos that were positive for the disease in the City of Saginaw and Jonesfield Township in June.

Since 2002 the West Nile Virus has been found every year in Saginaw County.

About two people in 10 who are bitten by an infected mosquito will experience any illness.

Illness from West Nile is usually mild and includes fever, headache and body aches. About one in 150 people suffer serious illness, such as encephalitis and meningitis, which may result in death.

Those older than 50 have the highest risk of severe disease.

So far this year no human cases of the West Nile Virus have been reported in the United States. They usually peak in August and early September.

Mosquito testing and collection of dead crows and blue jays continues through the end of September in Saginaw County.

If you notice a crow or blue jay that has been dead for less than 24 hours, call the Commission’s office at (989) 755-5751.

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