Michigan’s First West Nile Virus Activity of 2018 Detected in Saginaw Co.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is using the warmer weather as a reminder to protect yourself against West Nile virus and other mosquito-borne illnesses.

The department says the state’s first West Nile virus activity of the year has been detected in Saginaw County.

If infected, it can cause high fever, confusion, muscle weakness and severe headache.

In extreme cases it can cause death.

State health experts are now urging people, especially those who work outdoors, to take precautions to avoid bug bites and use bug repellent.

Forty people were diagnosed with the West Nile virus in Michigan last year, with one death reported.