Kenosha County bird tests positive for West Nile virus

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by Chris Patterson

KENOSHA COUNTY -- The Kenosha County Division of Health confirms a crow/blue jay has tested positive for West Nile virus in Kenosha County. This is the first confirmed case of West Nile virus in a bird in the county since the department began monitoring for the virus.

Kenosha County health officials says humans are infected by mosquitos and those mosquitos are infected by bird they feed upon. Health Director Cindy Johnson said, "The positive bird means that residents of Kenosha County need to be more vigilant in their personal protective measures to prevent mosquito bites."

The Kenosha County Division of Health recommends the following:

  • Limit time spent outside at dawn and dusk, when mosquitoes are most active.
  • Apply insect repellent to clothing as well as exposed skin since mosquitoes may bite through clothing.
  • Make sure window and door screens are in good repair to prevent mosquito entry.
  • Properly dispose of items 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 birdbaths 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.

 

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