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      West Nile case detected in Saginaw County

      West Nile Virus has been detected in the city of Saginaw.

      Routine mosquito-borne disease surveillance conducted by the Saginaw County Mosquito Abatement Commission (SCMAC) has detected the first evidence of West Nile Virus (WNV) activity this summer.

      The WNV positive was from a dead crow collected in the City of Saginaw. This is the 11th year since 2002 that WNV has been detected in Saginaw County.

      WNV monitoring will continue through the end of September by testing of mosquito samples and the collection of dead crows and blue jays.

      SCMAC's disease surveillance programs will continue daily looking for increased disease transmission activity such as high percent infection rates in mosquitoes or numerous crow/blue jay deaths from a specific area or neighborhood.

      Any areas in the county which have higher then normal levels of WNV activity will receive extensive control efforts to reduce adult and larval mosquito populations.

      Citizens are encouraged to take appropriate measures to avoid mosquito bites and are strongly encouraged to contact the Commission's office at 755-5751 if they notice a crow or blue jay that has been dead for less than 24 hours.