Bird in Dodge County tests positive for West Nile virus
MADISON -- The Wisconsin Department of Health Services announced a dead crow found in Dodge County has tested positive for West Nile virus. The state organization says this is the first bird to test positive for the virus in Wisconsin this year.
West Nile is spread to people through the bite of infected mosquitoes, and those mosquitoes become infected by feeding on infected birds. The Department of Health Services has been monitoring the spread of West Nile since 2001.
The Department of Health Services says the infection rate for West Nile is low, and most people who become infected don't show any symptoms. Those who do show symptoms experience fever, headache, body aches, and swollen lymph glands that last a few days. The elderly and people with comprised immune systems are at risk for severe disease caused by the virus.
Measures to help decrease exposure to mosquitoes and prevent West Nile virus and other mosquito-borne infections include: