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A crow found in the 48105 zip code has tested positive for West Nile virus. The Washtenaw County Health Department encourages residents to prevent mosquito bites and reduce the potential spread of West Nile.
“We haven’t seen human cases of West Nile in Washtenaw County yet this year, but they are most likely in late August and early September,” says Laura Bauman, epidemiology manager at the Washtenaw County Health Department.
West Nile is a mosquito-borne virus that can cause mild illness (West Nile fever) or severe symptoms (encephalitis or meningitis, an inflammation of the brain) in humans and other animals. West Nile is primarily transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito. Mosquitoes become infected with West Nile when they feed on infected birds that carry the virus in their blood.
As of August 15, 42 birds have tested positive for West Nile virus in Michigan this year. Metro Detroit and Greater Grand Rapids are seeing increased West Nile activity in mosquitoes.
Follow these tips to keep yourself and your family safe throughout the summer and fall:
For more information, as well as a chart of current virus activity, visit the Health Department's West Nile Virus page.