1st bird tests positive for West Nile virus in Sauk County since May 1
SAUK COUNTY, Wis. — A dead crow in Sauk County tested positive last week for West Nile virus, according to a release from the Sauk County Health Department.
The crow, tested on July 5, is the first bird to test positive for West Nile virus in Sauk County since surveillance for the mosquito-transmitted virus started May 1, officials said.
“The positive bird means that residents of Sauk County need to be more vigilant in their personal protective measures to prevent mosquito bites,” Tara Hayes, health officer/ health director, said in the release.
West Nile virus is spread to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito, according to the release. Mosquitoes acquire the virus by feeding on infected birds.
“Sauk County residents should be aware of West Nile virus and take some simple steps to protect themselves against mosquito bites,” Hayes said. “West Nile virus is here to stay, so the best way to avoid the disease is to reduce exposure to and eliminate breeding grounds for mosquitoes.”
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