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West Nile Virus present in the UP

MARQUETTE, MI— The West Nile Virus has been found in Marquette County.

Officials with the Marquette County Health Department were notified Monday that two area hawks tested positive for the virus. That’s a strong indication the virus is carried by mosquitoes throughout the Upper Peninsula.

Symptoms of West Nile Virus include fever, headache, body aches, and sometimes a skin rash and/or swollen glands. In some cases, the virus can cause encephalitis, or swelling of the brain.

Residents are urged to avoid mosquito bites by using insect repellant, wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants, empty water from mosquito breeding sites around the home, and using nets or fans around outdoor eating areas.

Nicole was born near Detroit but has lived in the U.P. most of her life. She graduated from Marquette Senior High School and attended Michigan State and Northern Michigan Universities, graduating from NMU in 1993 with a degree in English.