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West Nile found in Lincoln County

West Nile Virus graphic
West Nile Virus graphic

MERRILL, Wis. (WSAU) - There’s another confirmed case of West Nile virus in north central Wisconsin.

The Lincoln County Health Department says a dead crow has tested positive for West Nile virus. This is the first bird that tested positive for West Nile virus in Lincoln County since surveillance for the mosquito-transmitted virus began May 1. Just last Friday, Oneida County had a similar report.

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

Health officials recommend using repellant on clothing and exposed skin, check your window screens for holes, and make sure you don’t have items in your yard that hold water mosquitoes can breed in.

Boats, canoes, and wheelbarrows should be turned over so they can’t hold water, and put chlorine in your swimming pool.

You should also trim tall grass and weeds because mosquitoes rest in these areas during the hot daytime hours.