WARREN. Mich. – Warren Mayor Jim Fouts is declaring war on mosquitoes after the West Nile Virus was discovered within the city.
Fouts is directing city crews to drop insecticide briquettes into Warren’s 17,500 street basins. City inspectors, police and firefighters also will look for standing water where mosquitoes breed.
Macomb County health officials on Wednesday announced a positive test in Warren mosquitoes. Separately, donated blood tested positive for West Nile in Oakland County.
Mosquitoes pick up the virus from infected birds and then pass it to people. The elderly and people with weak immune systems can be at greatest risk for death.
Symptoms can include body aches, joint pain and diarrhea.