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First discovery of West Nile virus in SE Wisconsin during 2013

First discovery of West Nile virus in SE Wisconsin during 2013

By Jay Sorgi. CREATED Jun 20, 2013

MADISON - The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources says that they have found the first instance of West Nile virus in Wisconsin this year.

According to a news release, a dead crow in Washington County had the virus.

The DNR says that few mosquitoes carry West Nile virus, but an infected bird shows that the virus is in the area.

That means people should be more careful to avoid mosquito bites.

The state reports that 57 people had West Nile virus infection in 2012.

Experts suggest these steps (Source: DNR):

- Limit time spent outside at dawn and dusk, when mosquitoes are most active.

- Apply insect repellant to clothing as well as exposed skin.

- Make sure window and door screens are in good repair to prevent mosquito entry.

- Reduce mosquito breeding sites by properly disposing of items that hold water such as tin cans, plastic containers, ceramic pots, or discarded tires.

- Clean roof gutters and downspouts for proper drainage.

- Turn over wheelbarrows, wading pools, boats, and canoes when not in use so they will not collect water.

- Change the water in birdbaths and pet dishes at least every three days.

- Clean and chlorinate swimming pools, outdoor saunas, and hot tubs ; drain water from pool covers. Trim tall grass, weeds, and vines since mosquitoes use these areas to rest during hot daylight hours.

- Landscape to prevent water from pooling in low-lying areas.

People can click here for DNR info and a map of West Nile cases