SAGINAW, MI – The Saginaw Mosquito Repellent Commission warns residents against additional precautionary measures after seeing an increase in the number of birds carrying the West Nile virus
"We know our highest risks (for the virus) the months of August and September, "said William Stanuszek, director of the commission. "This is the time of the year when people have to be vigilant."
The staff has recorded 23 crows and blue jays with the virus this year, and two mosquito samples have been tested positive for the virus at this time of year in the county.] Mary McCarry, biologist for Bay County Mosquito Control, said Bay County has 1
Stanuszek said the Culex mosquitoes need to worry.
They would rather feed on birds than on humans, but they are the ones more likely to carry the disease, the press release said, and these mosquitoes thrive during hot and dry periods.
Culex mosquitoes also prefer habitats around homes such as buckets, tarpaulins, neglected pools, and hoops around houses that contain water.
Stanuszek added that about 1 in 150 people who became infected with the virus have a serious illness that can lead to death. The very young and very old are most at risk for a serious illness.
"I'll say that, eight out of ten times you will be asymptomatic," said Stanuszek, explaining that a person will show no signs, but 20 percent of it can cause the person either fever or another illness that she can "upset" for a week.
The state of Michigan has recorded two human asymptomatic infections reported by blood donation studies on August 21.
Saginaw County still carries out ongoing surveillance, but the discovery of the virus has been found in various Saginaw County cities: Albee, Birch Run, Carrollton, Frankenmuth, Kochville, Saginaw, Swan Creek Townships, the city of Saginaw and others  The organization encourages residents to check their farms for mosquito breeding and eliminate potential areas where mosquitoes could find a home.
Some of their precautions include staying out when mosquitoes are most active At dusk, use insect repellent registered by the Environmental Protection Agency like DEET and eliminate all sources of stagnant water.