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Now that warmer weather is here, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is reminding residents that the best way to protect against West Nile virus and other mosquito-borne illnesses is to prevent mosquito bites. The first West Nile virus activity for the state was recently confirmed in mosquitos collected in late May in Saginaw County. People who work outdoors or like to spend time outdoors are at increased risk for West Nile virus from mosquito bites. Dr. Eden Wells, chief medical executive for the department, said: “It only takes one bite from an infected mosquito to cause a severe illness, so take extra care during peak mosquito-biting hours, which are dusk and dawn.” For more on how to protect yourself and others visit michigan.gov/westnile