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West Nile Virus detected in northern WisconsinSubmitted: 07/19/2013
West Nile Virus detected in northern Wisconsin
Story By Newswatch 12 Newsteam

RHINELANDER - A dead crow gives early warning that a mosquito bite in the northwoods could transmit West Nile Virus.

The Oneida County Health Department says the dead crow was found July 8th, and tested positive for West Nile.

That's the first positive test in Oneida County this year.

Mosquitoes that bite a sick bird can then transmit the virus to humans.

The health department says the best way to prevent the virus is to avoid mosquito bites.

They suggest eliminating standing water where mosquitoes can breed.

You can also use insect repellant, and stay inside at dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active.

Most people infected with West Nile do not get sick.

Many who do get ill have only mild symptoms.

About one percent of those with West Nile do get seriously ill.

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