August 5, 2006

West Nile in Michigan

Detroit Free Press -
First human case of West Nile in Michigan this year confirmed
A Muskegon County woman tested positive for West Nile virus and later died, state health officials said Friday.

It's the first confirmed human case of the virus in Michigan this year.

It is not clear whether the virus killed the 37-year-old woman, who had underlying health conditions, the Michigan Department of Community Health said. She was first hospitalized with complications from the disease one month ago.

The West Nile virus is transmitted by mosquitoes. Birds and horses are the most common victims, but Michigan has had human cases in each of the last few years. (continued here...)

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