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3rd confirmed case of West Nile Virus in Wisconsin

West Nile Virus graphic
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MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - The Badger State has confirmed its third case of the West Nile Virus this season -- but no humans have been infected yet.  

The Madison and Dane County Public Health department said Monday that a dead bird was found with the mosquito-borne illness. Portage and Dodge counties found dead crows with the disease in recent weeks.

It all means that the human season for getting West Nile is approaching.

Officials urge people to reduce their risks by limiting their time outdoors at dawn and dusk. You're also urged to wear long clothing outside, use insect repellent, make sure window and door screens are in good shape, trim tall weeds and grasses, and get rid of standing water where mosquitoes breed.

Wisconsin has had close to 240 human cases of West Nile since the virus first become known about a dozen years ago.

The state had 16 human cases last year. Four Wisconsinites died from the virus in 2012.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)

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