West Nile Virus is in St. Joseph County

Michigan health officials have identified the states first confirmed human case of West Nile Virus for 2013 in a man from St. Joseph County. Last year, the West Nile Virus was responsible for 202 illnesses and 17 fatalities reported in Michigan. Department of Community Health Chief Medical Executive Dr. Matthew Davis says there is clear evidence that West Nile Virus is present in the state again this summer and is reminding people to protect themselves against mosquito bites. West Nile can cause serious neurological illnesses, such as meningitis and encephalitis. The virus is transmitted through mosquitoes to birds and ultimately people. Statewide, eight birds have tested positive for West Nile Virus so far this season, including six crows from Saginaw, Bay and Midland counties, one wild turkey from Gratiot County and one Coopers hawk from Wayne County.  (MRN)

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