Dunn County bird tests positive for West Nile virus

Dunn County (WQOW) – A dead crow found in Dunn County on August 6 has tested positive for West Nile.

According to the Dunn County Health Department, this is the first bird to test positive for the virus in Dunn County since surveillance for the virus began May 1, 2018.

"The positive test means that folks in Dunn County need to be more committed to keeping themselves and their family members safe from mosquito bites," said KT Gallagher, public health director. 

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

Eighty percent of people who are infected with West Nile do not get sick, according to the health department. Those who do become ill usually experience mild symptoms such as fever, headache, muscle ache, rash and fatigue.

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services 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 you are asked to call the Dead Bird Reporting Hotline at 1800-433-1610.

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