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The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and the Sanilac County Health Department have confirmed the first human West Nile virus infection in 2018 after a blood donor tested positive for the mosquito-borne virus. According to MDHHS, “Blood donations are screened for West Nile prior to distribution, to ensure that the blood supply is safe from the virus. Blood donations that test positive for West Nile virus are discarded and not used for transfusions.” You can visit the website Michigan.gov/westnilevirus to find maps of current West Nile Virus activity in Michigan by county and learn tips on how to protect yourself from the virus!