West Nile Virus
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Michigan has its first confirmed human case of West Nile Virus infection, a year after at least 17 people died and 202 came down with the mosquito-borne disease in the state.
Texas researchers have found a link between a warmer winter and higher infection rates the following summer.
A 10-year-old Michigan boy paralyzed last year after being bitten by a mosquito carrying the West Nile virus is a “walking miracle,” his mother said.
So far, the turkey is the first animal in the state to test positive this year for the disease.
According to the Centers of Disease Control, 202 cases of West Nile Virus were reported in Michigan last year, including 17 deaths, in what officials are calling the worst outbreak of the disease since 2003.
State health officials have announced that two more people have died in Michigan from the West Nile Virus, bringing this year’s total to 10.
Two more West Nile Virus brings Michigan to a total of eight deaths and 160 total cases this year.
Angela Minicuci with the Michigan Department of Community Health said a 75-year-old man died in Kent County, near Grand Rapids.
People celebrating Labor Day weekend outdoors in Michigan could be setting themselves up as the main course for feasting mosquitoes, including the species known to carry the West Nile virus.