PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — Michigan health officials have confirmed this year’s first death related to West Nile virus.
The Oakland County Health Division said Friday an 81-year-old county woman died from complications from the virus. It’s Oakland’s first West Nile-related death since 2003.
Several cases have been identified in the state, including two others in Oakland County and three more in Macomb, Monroe and Ottawa counties.
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Mosquitoes pick up the virus from infected birds and pass it to people.
Many people infected with the virus have no symptoms, but it can cause a sometimes fatal neurologic illness.
Officials urge residents to empty standing water around homes, apply insect repellant, wear long-sleeved shirts and pants outdoors, and maintain window and door screening.