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West Nile virus detected in Saginaw County

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The Saginaw County Abatement Commission has detected its first case of the West Nile virus in mosquitoes for the summer.

"As the dry ice evaporates it produces CO2, which attracts the mosquitoes and that acts as our lure," said Chuck Pearce, biologist.

While most people love the summer weather, they also hate mosquitoes that come with the warmer temperatures.

Pearce is catching the mosquitoes by setting up traps across Saginaw County.

"There is a fan in there that is blowing downward. As the mosquitoes are attracted downward by the CO2 at the hood of this they fly in and the net traps them," Pearce said.

Mosquitoes can also be dangerous. This is the 14th year the West Nile virus was detected in Saginaw County.

Pearce said he believes the risk for the West Nile virus is relatively low. However, there are still some precautions residents should take.

"Empty and buckets or any containers that would have standing water. Clean out your gutters. If you have any areas after a rainfall, that is the main time to call, not once the adults are already flying around," he said.

Pearce said long sleeves and using repellent are also great preventative measures.

For its part, mosquito control is constantly fogging the county to rid the area of the bugs.

"Any Saginaw resident can call us if they have standing water. We will send a technician out within a day or two to survey the area. We dip to make sure they are breeding and if it is we apply our insecticide," Pearce said.

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