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First case of West Nile Virus in Mich. this year
LANSING, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) Michigan has had its first documented case of West Nile Virus in 2013.
Health officials say that a St. Joseph County man contracted the virus. He was only identified as a man over 50, and they added that the man is now recovering at home after being hospitalized for symptoms.
Last year there were 202 documented cases in the state. Seventeen of those cases were fatalities.
Authorities say that 17 birds have tested positive for West Nile Virus so far this year. They were located in Saginaw, Bay, Gratoit, Wayne and Midland Counties.
Officials say that infected birds and mosquitoes can provide an early warning of WNV activity in a community, re-enforcing the need for residents to take precautions to avoid mosquito bites. Citizens can report sightings of sick or dead birds on the West Nile Virus website at www.michigan.gov/westnilevirus.