West Nile virus reported in SE Michigan man

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Health officials in southeast Michigan say they've received confirmation of West Nile virus in a 44-year-old man, the first such case reported in the state this year.

The Oakland County Health Division announced Friday that the Oakland County man was hospitalized earlier this month after showing symptoms and now is at home recovering. The agency says it got confirmation from the Michigan Department of Community Health.

Earlier this month, the Department of Community Health announced a mosquito pool sample collected in mid-June by Saginaw County officials tested positive for the virus. A wild turkey from Washtenaw County that was submitted to the Department of Natural Resources also tested positive.

The department says an unusually warm spring encouraged the early hatching of mosquitoes, which transmit the virus.

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