Washtenaw County bird tests positive for West Nile virus

Posted at 10:14 AM, Aug 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-23 12:43:40-04

A crow in Washtenaw County has tested positive for West Nile virus, according to the Washtenaw County Health Department. 

The bird was found in the 48105 zip code area, and health officials urge residents to take caution. 

“We haven’t seen human cases of West Nile in Washtenaw County yet this year, but they are most likely in late August and early September,” says Laura Bauman, epidemiology manager at the Washtenaw County Health Department.

Officials say, as of August 15, 42 birds have tested positive for West Nile virus in Michigan this year. Metro Detroit and Grand Rapids are seeing an increase in West Nile activity in mosquitos.

Residents can report dead birds at the State of Michigan Sick or Dead Bird & Mammal Reporting website.

High numbers of dead birds can mean the virus is active in a particular area, officials say.