WEST NILE VIRUS: It's back in SE Michigan
|Feeding mosquito - CDC image|
Hot dry weather may have created uncomfortable conditions for many residents of SE Michigan as the 4th of July Holiday approaches, but it has also created favorable conditions for the transmission of West Nile Virus.
This week, West Nile Virus has been identified in both Saginaw and Washtenaw Counties.
SAGINAW: A mosquito submitted by the Saginaw County Mosquito Abatemenet Commission has rested positive for WNV at Michigan State University.
WASHTENAW: A wild turkey found in in Washtenaw County displaying neurological signs has tested posiitve for WNV at Michigan State University.
West Nile activity has also been detected in other Great Lake States as the summer season gets underway. These findings all confirm that the virus is once again circulating in mosquitos and birds in Michigan and presents a clear and present risk to human health.
FIGHT THE BITE AND TAKE PRECAUTIONS FOR WEST NILE VIRUS CAN CAUSE SERIOUS AND LIFE ALTERING DISEASE IN HUMANS.
The Michigan West Nile Virus website (www.michigan.gov/westnilevirus) includes up to date surveillance informtion as well as the ability for citizens to report sick or dead birds
Additional excellent information on WNV : www.cdc.gov/westnile.