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Test shows West Nile virus present in Dane County

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DANE COUNTY (WKOW) -- State health officials say a bird recently tested positive for West Nile virus in Dane County.

It's the first positive test in Dane County this year.

County health officials say although very few mosquitoes actually carry West Nile virus, infected birds serve as an early warning sign that the virus is present in the area.

They say the risk of infection in humans may be preceded by a spike in sick or dead birds, and it's important for people to continue reporting dead birds they find to the dead bird hotline at 1-800-433-1610.

To avoid mosquito bites, limit your time outside at dawn and dusk, when mosquitoes are most active, apply insect repellent to your clothing and exposed skin, and make sure window and door screens are in good shape to prevent mosquitoes from getting into your home.


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