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West Nile Virus found in Saginaw County mosquitoes

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SAGINAW COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

The West Nile virus has been found in mosquitoes in Saginaw County.

The Saginaw County Mosquito Abatement Commission (SCMAC) reports it found the first evidence of the virus in late May.

That’s the first time it’s been detected in the county in 2018.

Officials will continue to monitor for the virus through the end of September by testing mosquito samples and collecting dead crows and blue jays.

West Nile Virus is transmitted through a mosquito bite and can cause people to become ill 3-15 days afterward.

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About two in 10 people 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, and which may result in death.

It’s more prevalent later in the summer.

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

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