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West Nile virus found in Portage County

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PORTAGE COUNTY (WAOW) – A dead crow has tested positive for West Nile virus, according to Portage County Health Department officials.

“The positive bird means that residents of Portage County need to be more vigilant in their personal protective measures to prevent mosquito bites,” Gary Garske, Health Officer and Public Health Division Coordinator said in a release.

West Nile virus is spread to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito. Mosquitoes acquire the virus by feeding on infected birds.

Health officials say people should be aware of ways to protect themselves against mosquito bites. They say you should limit your time outside at dawn and dusk, as well as using insect repellant.

This is the first case of positive testing in Portage County since surveillance began on May 1.

Tonight on Newsline 9, hear more ways health experts are saying you can protect yourself.

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