West Nile Virus Detected In Saginaw County

The Saginaw County Mosquito Abatement Commission has detected the first evidence of West Nile Virus this year.

Officials conducting routine testing detected the virus in dead crow in the southern area of the county. According to the commission, this early season detection of the virus in crows notes the importance birds play in amplifying it in nature. The abatement commission maintains an aggressive surveillance and control effort throughout the summer targeting communities and habitats that favor the mosquito species responsible for mosquito borne disease. If necessary, enhanced surveillance and control operations will be conducted in areas of known disease transmission.

While the threat of the virus remains low, officals remind residents to take the proper precautions to avoid mosquito bites and the potential for mosquito borne illnesses. Wear long sleeve shirts and long pants with shoes and socks and use a mosquito repellent with DEET when outside. As mosquitos are most active between dusk and dawn, try to limit activity during this time. And elminate sources of standing water on your property as its where mosquitos will breed. For more information, call the abatment commission at (989) 755-5751.