MADISON, Wis. (WMTV)----A bird found in Dane County has tested positive for the West Nile virus. Health officials made the announcement on Monday afternoon.
Public Health - Madison and Dane County (PHMDC) said this is the first bird that has tested positive for West Nile virus in Wisconsin since surveillance for the mosquito-transmitted virus began May 1.
Health officials said West Nile Virus is spread to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito. Mosquitoes acquire the virus by feeding on infected birds.
"West Nile virus seems to be here to stay, so the best way to avoid the disease is to prevent mosquito bites and eliminate breeding grounds for mosquitoes," says Janel Heinrich, Director of PHMDC.
80% of people who are infected with the West Nile virus do not get sick. Those who do become ill usually experience mild symptoms such as fever, headache, muscle ache, rash, and fatigue. Less than 1% of people infected with the virus get seriously ill with symptoms.
You can report sightings of sick/dead birds to the Dead Bird Reporting Hotline a 1-800-433-1610.
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