SHAWANO (WLUK) — Health officials say a dead crow in Shawano County has tested positive for the West Nile virus.
The bird was found July 26.
Officials say this is the first bird that tested positive for the virus since surveillance began May 1.
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“The positive bird means that residents of Shawano and Menominee counties need to be more vigilant in their personal protective measures to prevent mosquito bites,” health officer and director, Judith Sengastock said.
Ways to prevent the virus from spreading include: using mosquito repellent, disposing of tin cans, discarded items that hold water and changing the water in birdbaths and pet dishes.
Mosquitoes get the virus by feeding on dead birds and can spread to humans through bites. Symptoms include fever, headache, muscle ache, rash and fatigue.
In July, the city of Appleton reported its first confirmed case of West Nile virus. Milwaukee and Janesville also reported confirmed cases of the virus earlier this summer.