2 horses test positive for West Nile Virus in Michigan

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Health officials continue to see a rise in West Nile virus activity in portions of Saginaw County.

The Saginaw County Mosquito Abatement Commission said the mosquito-borne virus found in crows and blue jays has doubled since the beginning of August.

To date, a total of 23 dead birds and two mosquito samples have tested positive for WNV this season in Saginaw County, officials said.

The most recent positive samples have been found in the Saginaw metro area, including Albee, Birch Run, Carrollton, Frankenmuth, Kochville, Maple Grove, Richland, Saginaw, Swan Creek Townships and the city of Saginaw.

Experts say the best was to prevent WNV is to get rid of the number of mosquitoes around your home by eliminating their breeding habitats.

Other precautions include: Avoid being outdoors when mosquitoes are most active, especially between dusk and dawn. When outdoors use EPA-registered insect repellents such as those that contain DEET, IR3535, or Picaridin. Use as directed and consult a physician before using repellents on infants. Also consider wearing shoes and socks, long pants, and long-sleeved shirts. Keep mosquitoes out of your home. Make sure doors and windows have tight-fitting screens. Repair or replace screens that have tears or other openings. Try to keep doors and windows shut, especially at night. Eliminate all sources of standing water that can support mosquito breeding, including water in bird baths, neglected swimming pools, wading pools, old tires, and all other objects that hold water. Contact SCMAC to report standing water in ditches, flooded yards, fields, or similar locations that may produce mosquitoes.Copyright 2018 WNEM (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.

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