Local Health Department Warn About West Nile Risk

Local health departments are warning people about the dangers of the West Nile Virus after the first death in Michigan this year.

A Washtenaw County senior recently died after contracting the virus. Doctors say the woman was in good health before showing symptoms.

The medical director of the Mid and Central Michigan Health Departments says people need to take the risk seriously. You can help protect yourself by wearing bug spray containing DEET, long-sleeve shirts, and pants. Mosquitoes that carry the virus often come out in the early morning or late at night.

The health department says most people who are infected initially experience mild symptoms like head and muscle aches. More serious symptoms include neurological problems, difficulty walking, or going into a coma.

9 and 10's Kyle Mitchell and photojournalist Joel Deaner have more on how to protect yourself.