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Published: Wed, August 09, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Crow tests positive for West Nile virus in Racine County

Crow tests positive for West Nile virus in Racine County

The Kanawha-Charleston Health Department sent out mosquito bite prevention tips on Monday, after testing found mosquitoes were carrying the West Nile virus and La Crosse virus in Kanawha County.

Another person in MS has been diagnosed with West Nile Virus.

No human cases or positive mosquitoes have been discovered in Santa Clara County this year. A person bitten by an infected mosquito might show symptoms within 3 to 15 days.

"The positive bird means that residents of Jefferson County need to be more vigilant in their personal protective measures to prevent mosquito bites", said Gail Scott, Jefferson County Public Health Director.

It says few people infected with the virus have any symptoms at all, or they have flu-like symptoms such as fever, headache, body aches and fatigue.

A new case of West Nile Virus has been reported in Hinds County. The virus is also potentially deadly in extreme cases. The illness tends to be more serious in certain groups, including the elderly and those with compromised immune systems. The East Shore District Health Department locally administers the program that includes mosquito and human surveillance and aggressive elimination breeding conditions. The health department will be working to control the mosquito population in that area with a larvicide, which kills mosquito larvae, and making sure swimming pools are working properly. To report a sick or dead crow, blue jay, or raven, please call the Dead Bird Reporting Hotline at 1-800-433-1610.

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