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Bird tests positive for West Nile virus in Kenosha County | Local News

Bird tests positive for West Nile virus in Kenosha County | Local News

A dead crow recently found in Kenosha County has tested positive for West Nile virus.

According to the Kenosha County Division of Health, the crow — found on July 31 — is the first bird to test positive for West Nile virus in the county since surveillance for the mosquito-transmitted virus began May 1.

“The positive bird means that residents of Kenosha County need to be more vigilant in their personal protective measures to prevent mosquito bites,” said Cynthia Johnson, Kenosha County health officer/public health director.

West Nile virus is spread to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito. Mosquitoes acquire the virus by feeding on infected birds.