MADISON (WKOW) --- A dead crow in Washington County has tested positive for West Nile virus.
According to state and county health officials, this bird is the first positive case in Wisconsin this year.
While few mosquitos carry the virus, infected birds do prove the virus is present in the area.
That means, people should be protecting themselves.
In 2002, the state had it's first human infection case, as well as 51 other cases.
DUring 2012, Wisconsin had the highest annual cases reported, with 57 cases.
Health officials say there are numerous ways to decrease your risk of exposure.
People who find a dead bird in their yard or who have a question about a dead bird should call the Dead Bird Reporting Hotline at 1-800-433-1610.