Science/Medicine
1:01 am
Tue August 9, 2011

West Nile Virus time again in Michigan

The search for signs of West Nile Virus is once again taking place in Michigan.  Symptoms of the mosquito-borne illness include fever, headache, tiredness, and body aches.    August and September is the prime time for the virus.  

West Nile Virus first appeared in Michigan in 2002 and the number of human cases peaked a few years later.  Kim Signs is an epidemiologist with the state Department of Community Health.

 "We do expect to see cases every year in the summer now.  This disease is endemic in Michigan. So we do expect that there is a risk for West Nile Virus.”

At the peak of the West Nile Virus outbreak, annual human cases numbered in the 50s and 60s in Michigan.  29 people in Michigan tested positive for the virus last year.