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Dead crow tests positive for West Nile Virus in Washington County

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Wis. (CBS 58) -- A dead crow has tested positive for West Nile Virus, the county confirms.

According to a release posted to social media, it's the first common crow that tested positive for the virus in Washington County since surveillance for the mosquito-transmitted virus started on May 1.

“The positive bird means that residents of Washington County need to be more vigilant in their personal protective measures to prevent mosquito bites,” said Health Officer Kirsten Johnson.

The Washington Ozaukee Public Health Department recommends the following:
• Limit time spent outside at dawn and dusk, when mosquitoes are most active.
• Apply an EPA-registered insect repellant to exposed skin and clothing since mosquitoes may bite through clothing.
• Make sure window and door screens are in good repair to prevent mosquito entry.
• Properly dispose of items around your property that hold water, such as tin cans, plastic containers, ceramic pots, or discarded tires.
• Clean roof gutters and downspouts for proper drainage.
• Turn over wheelbarrows, wading pools, boats, and canoes when not in use.
• Change the water in bird baths and pet dishes at least every three days.
• Clean and chlorinate swimming pools, outdoor saunas, and hot tubs; drain water from pool covers.
• Trim tall grass, weeds, and vines since mosquitoes use these areas to rest during hot daylight hours.
• Landscape to prevent water from pooling in low-lying areas.

DHS will continue surveillance for West Nile virus until the end of the mosquito season. To report a sick or dead crow, blue jay, or raven, please call the Dead Bird Reporting Hotline at 1-800-433-1610.

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