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West Nile Virus Confirmed in Wisconsin Birds

Wisconsin Ag Connection - June 16, 2017

West Nile Virus appears to be prevalent within Wisconsin birds once again this summer. New figures from the state's health department show that 12 dead birds in eight counties tested positive for WNV since surveillance for the mosquito-transmitted virus began in early May.

"The positive birds mean that Wisconsin residents need to be more vigilant in their personal protective measures to prevent mosquito bites," said DHS Health Officer Karen McKeown.

The first bird to test positive for WNV in the state was collected in mid-May.

As part of state protocol, dead birds are tested as part of the mosquito and WNV surveillance, prevention and control program.

Local residents are being asked to eliminate breeding grounds for mosquitoes by taking steps like limiting the time they spend outside during dawn or dusk and making sure windows have screens that are in good condition.

The public is encouraged to report sick or dead crows, blue jays or ravens to the Dead Bird Reporting Hotline at 800-433-1610.

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