Dead Crow Tests Positive For West Nile

posted Aug 8, 2017, 5:52 AM by Ryan Quinn
Barron County Public Health reports a dead crow found in Barron County has tested positive for West Nile virus. 

This is the first bird that tested positive for West Nile virus in Barron County since surveillance for the mosquito-transmitted virus began May 1. 

The positive bird means that residents of Barron County need to be more vigilant in their personal protective measures to prevent mosquito bites. West Nile virus is spread to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito. 

Mosquitoes acquire the virus by feeding on infected birds. 

The best way to avoid the disease is to reduce exposure to and eliminate breeding grounds for mosquitoes. 

The Wisconsin Division of Public Health 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, please call the Dead Bird Reporting Hotline at 1-800-433-1610.