WARREN, Mich. — According to the Macomb County Health Department, mosquitoes in Warren have tested positive for West Nile Virus. Officials recommend that residents take steps to prevent mosquito bites to avoid potential illness.

“Prevention is the best way to reduce your risk of getting West Nile Virus, along with other diseases that mosquitoes carry,” Sen. Steve Bieda (D–Warren) said. “Using repellent, covering up and draining standing water are great ways to fight the bite.”

Sen. Bieda’s office is providing copies of “Fight the Bite: Protecting Yourself & Your Family Against the West Nile Virus” at no cost. Constituents can call Sen. Bieda’s office at 866-262-7309 or email SenSBieda@senate.michigan.gov with their name, address and phone number to receive a free copy.

The West Nile Virus is spread by mosquitoes after they’ve fed on infected birds. Although most who are infected with West Nile Virus will not get sick, some develop mild, flu-like symptoms. In rare circumstances, the virus may cause severe symptoms, including inflammation of the brain or meningitis.  The elderly or those with compromised immune systems are especially susceptible.

For more information about West Nile virus, call Michigan’s automated West Nile Virus hotline at 1-888-757-5717 or visit www.cdc.gov/westnile.