UPDATE: First bird with West Nile virus in Wisconsin found

UPDATED Monday, May 19, 2014 --- 3:43 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin officials say the first case of West Nile virus this year has been confirmed in a crow in Dodge County.

The Department of Health Services said Monday residents should use caution as dead birds can indicate infected mosquitoes are in the area. Residents can limit risk of infection by avoiding standing pools of water and by using bug repellent.

West Nile virus spreads to birds, animals and people through the bites of infected mosquitoes. Mosquitoes get the virus by feeding on infected birds.

There were 16 confirmed cases of West Nile virus in humans in Wisconsin last year. State data show cases are reported most heavily in August and September.

Symptoms from the potentially fatal virus include fever, headaches, swollen lymph glands and body aches.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

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Posted Monday, May 19, 2014 --- 12:23 p.m.

From our news partner WEAU in Eau Claire:

MADISON, Wis. (WEAU) -- The first bird to test positive for the West Nile Virus in Wisconsin this year was found in Dodge County.

The state Department of Health Services announced the finding on Monday. It says infected birds are considered an early warning that the virus is around, and that people should protect themselves against mosquito bites. Very few mosquitoes actually carry the virus, and the chances of people getting it are low. Symptoms can include a fever, headache, body aches, and swollen lymph glands that last a few days.

The state started monitoring for West Nile virus this month. If you have a question about a dead bird, call (800) 433-1610.


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