First case of West Nile Virus confirmed in Shiawassee County

A bird in Shiawassee County has tested positive for West Nile Virus. (Photo: MGN)

SHIAWASSEE COUNTY, Mich. – A bird in Shiawassee County has tested positive for the West Nile Virus.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services confirmed this is the first case in the county for humans and animals in 2018.

The bird was located in Perry Township and was submitted to the state lab for testing earlier this month.

West Nile virus is spread by infected mosquitoes that can cause serious illnesses in humans.

Here are some best practices to protect your family from mosquito breeding:

- Limit outdoor activities at dawn or dusk.

- Wear protective clothing.

- Avoid working in areas with tall grasses where mosquitoes hide during the day.

- Use insect repellent with “DEET” in it.

- Eliminate outdoor areas where water collects.

- Larvicide can be used to destroy mosquito larvae before they develop into adults.

For more information visit www.michigan.gov/westnile or contact the Shiawassee County Health Department at (989) 743-2390.

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