- Associated Press - Friday, July 22, 2016

HOWELL, Mich. (AP) - Michigan’s first human case of West Nile virus this year has been found in Livingston County.

The state health department said Friday an “older adult” is recovering. No other details were released.

Mosquitoes pick up the virus from infected birds and then pass it to people. The elderly and people with a weak immune system are considered to be at greatest risk for death.

Thirteen birds have tested positive for West Nile. Michigan has plenty of what the virus needs to become potent: hot weather.

Many people who are infected won’t develop any symptoms, which can include body aches, joint pain and diarrhea.


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