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Forest County bird tests positive for West Nile Virus

The Forest County Health Department has reported that a dead crow found in Forest County on July 18 has tested positive for West Nile virus. This is the first bird that tested positive for West Nile virus in Forest County since surveillance for the mosquito-transmitted virus began May 1.

“The positive bird means that residents of Forest County need to be more vigilant in their personal protective measures to prevent mosquito bites,” Jill Krueger, Health Officer/Public Health Director said.

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

“Forest County residents should be aware of West Nile virus and take some simple steps to protect themselves against mosquito bites,” Krueger said. “The West Nile virus seems to be here to stay, so the best way to avoid the disease is to reduce exposure to and eliminate breeding grounds for mosquitoes.”

For the full story see this week’s edition of The Forest Republican.