West Nile Grant

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The first confirmed animal case of West Nile Virus has been found in Sauk County. The health department is reporting a crow found on May 11 was killed by the virus. Meanwhile, Eau Claire City-County Health Department has received a grant for more than $6500 to study West Nile in the area.

The grant as already bought a new microscope and is also funding trapping and testing surveillance which will gauge mosquito populations in Eau Claire, and trace mosquitoes more likely to carry the West Nile virus.

"There are specific species of mosquito that carries the West Nile virus so we want to see if they're prevalent because the more of those specific types that are available, the higher the risk of the virus might be in our area," says Darryl Farmer, with the Health Department.

He also reminds residents to check their yards for any standing water, which is a breeding ground for mosquitoes and to report birds that appear sick or are dead to the Health Department.