First case of West Nile Virus suspected in Kent County

September 11, 2014 7:50 PM

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First case of West Nile Virus suspected in Kent County

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Preliminary tests show a Kent County man has contracted the first documented case of West Nile Virus in West Michigan this summer. The man, who is in his 60s, was released form the hospital and is recovering at home. The Kent County Health Department is waiting for state results to confirm the diagnosis.

The health department received a grant from the Michigan Department of Community Health to increase mosquito surveillance in 2014. This year, health department staff have been capturing mosquitoes to test for those carrying West Nile virus. Positive results from this testing serve as an early warnin...

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