3 crows in City of Waukesha, 1 in New Berlin, test positive for West Nile Virus
NEW BERLIN/WAUKESHA — Three crows in the City of Waukesha and one in New Berlin, have tested positive for West Nile Virus (WNV), according to the Waukesha County Environmental Health Division.
The Waukesha County Environmental Health Division released the following statement:
“Even though the West Nile Virus is appearing late in the season, residents should continue to protect themselves from mosquitoes,” said Waukesha County Public Health Officer Ben Jones. “Summer may nearly be over, but mosquito season can last until the first frost or later.”
Residents are advised to take precautions that will limit their exposure to mosquito bites, such as:
- Staying indoors when mosquitos are most active, specifically at dawn and dusk
- Using mosquito repellant containing an active ingredient registered by the EPA
- Removing objects where water can collect and breed mosquitoes, such as old tires
The county environmental health division, in cooperation with the Wisconsin Division of Public Health, will continue WNV surveillance until the end of the mosquito season.
Now that a positive result has been found, testing will be discontinued.
You can report sick or dead crows, blue jays, or ravens to the Dead Bird Reporting Hotline at 1-800-433-1610.
About West Nile Virus
WNV can spread to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito. Most people (80%) who are infected with WNV do not get sick. Those who become ill usually experience mild symptoms such as fever, headache, or rash. Less than 1% of people get seriously ill. More information at: www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/communicable/ArboviralDiseases/WestNileVirus/Index.htm.