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West Nile virus found in West MI


SAINT JOSEPH COUNTY (WKZO) -- The State Department of Community Health has confirmed that the first human case of West Nile Virus for 2013 has been identified in Southwest Michigan.  The department says the patient was a man over the age of 50 who lives in the southwest corner of Saint Joseph County. He was hospitalized with symptoms and is now recovering.  Earlier this year, a wild turkey found in Gratiot County displaying signs of the disease tested positive for West Nile. Since then, six crows in Michigan and a cooper hawk in Wayne County have also tested positive.  The Branch-Hillsdale-Saint Joseph Community Health Agency says no West Nile virus positive mosquito pools have been detected yet.  If you’re heading outside, remember to apply repellents during the peak dusk and dawn mosquito biting periods and always drain any standing water around your home.