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Bird tests positive for West Nile virus in Milwaukee County

MILWAUKEE COUNTY (CBS 58) -- The North Shore Health Department reports a dead crow found in Milwaukee County has tested positive for West Nile virus. This is the first bird that tested positive for West Nile virus in Milwaukee County since surveillance for the mosquito-transmitted virus began May 1.

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

“North Shore residents should be aware of West Nile virus and take some simple steps to protect themselves against mosquito bites,” Christiansen 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.”

80 percent of people who are infected with West Nile virus do not get sick. Those who do become ill usually experience mild symptoms such as fever, headache, muscle ache, rash, and fatigue.

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