DNR Finds West Nile Virus in Ruffed Grouse

The DNR says that for the first time they have found West Nile Virus in the state’s ruffed grouse population.

They say five birds collected between August and October, including one in Missaukee County and another in Roscommon County, were found to have the virus.

West Nile Virus is primarily transmitted to humans through mosquito bites, and while most people infected with West Nile Virus don’t show symptoms, it leaves about one in 150 people with a severe illness.

There have been 39 West Nile cases reported in Michigan this year.