Crow found in Pierce County tests positive for West Nile virus
A dead crow found in Pierce County has tested positive for West Nile virus, the Pierce County Health Department reported. This is the first bird to test positive for the disease in Pierce County since surveillance began May 1.
"The positive bird means that residents of Pierce County need to be more vigilant in their personal protective measures to prevent mosquito bites," Public Health Director and health officer Sue Galoff said. The virus is transmitted to humans by infected mosquitoes, which get the disease by feeding on infected birds.
Most people who are infected with West Nile do not get sick. Those who do typically experience fever, headache, muscle ache and fatigue. Less than 1 percent become seriously ill, but older adults and those with compromised immune systems are at a greater risk for more serious effects.
To eliminate mosquito breeding grounds and avoid exposure to the disease, the health department recommends a number of measures, including wearing insect repellant, limiting time outside at dawn and dusk, making sure to empty items that might collect standing water and trimming tall grass, weeds and vines.
For more information on West Nile, visit http://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/communicable/ArboviralDiseases/WestNileVirus/