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First case of West Nile activity in Michigan this year confirmed

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First case of West Nile activity in Michigan this year confirmed

LANSING, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Michigan health officials have confirmed the first cases of West Nile virus activity in the state in 2017.

According to a release Friday morning, West Nile virus was found in one turkey found in Barry County and two crows--one from Kalamazoo County, one from Saginaw County.

Health experts warn residents that the best way to prevent West Nile virus infection is to prevent bites from mosquitoes, which carry the virus.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services reports that people who work in outdoor occupations or like to spend time outdoors are at increased risk for West Nile virus infection from mosquito bites. Adults 50 years old and older have the highest risk of severe illness caused by West Nile virus.

Symptoms include a high fever, confusion, muscle weakness, and a severe headache. In more serious cases, complications can include neurological illnesses like meningitis and encephalitis.

More information on West Nile virus can be found here.