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West Nile virus found in Portage County

STEVENS POINT (WAOW) - A dead crow found in Portage County was turned into the health department on May 20.

Officials say the bird tested positive for West Nile virus last week, meaning people should be more vigilant in protecting themselves against mosquito bites.

"People should always be vigilant this time of the year when it come to vector born disease such as West Nile," said Gary Garske, Portage County health officer.

West Nile virus is a mosquito-spread disease that can cause humans to show symptoms like fever, headache and fatigue. In rare cases, the disease can be fatal.

"Protect yourself by using an approved bug spray that has DEET and again wearing the long sleeves long pants if you have to be outside in those early morning hours or the evening hours," Garske said.

Also, eliminate standing water and tall grass as both are breeding grounds for mosquitoes.

Officials say if you believe you are infected with West Nile virus, seek care from your medical provider.

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