Crow Confirmed to Be Infected with West Nile

Officials at the Chippewa County Department of Public Health said Wednesday that they've found a crow that tested positive for the West Nile Virus.

The bird was found in the southwestern part of the county during a state-wide effort to track the spread of West Nile.

So far this summer, there haven't been any reports of people infected with the virus in Wisconsin.

Still, experts recommend minimizing your exposure to mosquitoes, as West Nile tends to cycle between the bugs and birds.

The Chippewa County Department of Public Health suggests the following measures:

*Maintain window and door screens in good repair to decrease indoor contact with mosquitoes.

*Avoid being outside during times of high mosquito activity, such as around dawn and dusk.

*Wear light colored protective clothing such as long pants, loose-fitting long-sleeved shirts and tuck pants in socks when outdoors

*For outside activity, consider using an effective mosquito repellant containing the active ingredient DEET (be sure to follow manufacturer instructions, especially when applying DEET to children).

*Do not provide a breeding ground for mosquitoes, such as old tires or other objects that can collect standing water where mosquitoes can lay eggs.

For more information about the West Nile Virus, log on to http://dhfs.wisconsin.gov/dph_bcd/westnilevirus/


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