First Signs of West Nile Virus Found in Saginaw County Mosquitos

The Michigan Department of Community Health says they tracked down a mosquito pool carrying the West Nile Virus.

It’s the first time they’ve confirmed the presence on WNV this season.

The tests were done a few weeks ago in Saginaw County.

The virus killed two people and seriously sickened 34 more in Michigan in 2013.

West Nile can cause sicknesses including meningitis and encephalitis. Symptoms include high fever, confusion, muscles weakness and a severe headache.

You can stay healthy by protecting themselves with simple and effective strategies: use mosquito repellent, drain standing water, and ensure door and window screens are in good condition to keep mosquitoes out of your home. 

For more information on West Nile Virus, head to Michigan’s Emerging Disease page. You can also find additional information at the CDC’s website