West Nile Virus detected in Kalamazoo County

Kalamazoo County Health & Community Services Department’s Environmental Health Division has reported the first positive detection of West Nile Virus in Kalamazoo County and the second in Michigan this year.

The positive detection came from a mosquito pool, or group of female mosquitoes of the same species, within Kleinstuck Nature Preserve.

The results demonstrate why mosquito surveillance is so important in Kalamazoo County and elsewhere, said Environmental Health Division Manager Lucus Pols.

Transmitted to humans through the bites of infected mosquitoes, West Nile Virus is the leading cause of mosquito-borne disease in the United States.

In 2022, Michigan reported 77 positive West Nile Virus mosquito pools.

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