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Dead Crow with West Nile Found in Kenosha County

The Kenosha County Division of Health reports a crow found in Kenosha County on September 2nd has tested positive for West Nile virus. This is the first bird that tested positive for West Nile virus in Kenosha County since surveillance for the mosquito-transmitted virus began May 1.

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

West Nile virus is spread to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito. Mosquitoes acquire the virus by feeding on infected birds.

“Kenosha County residents should be aware of West Nile virus and take some simple steps to protect themselves against mosquito bites,” Ms. Johnson said. “The West Nile virus seems to be 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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