RHINELANDER (WAOW) – A dead crow in Oneida County has tested positive for the mosquito-transmitted West Nile virus, health officials said Thursday.
The bird was found in Woodruff on July 8, meaning people need to be more vigilant in protecting themselves against mosquito bites, said Linda Conlon, director of the Oneida County Health Department.
“We have had birds test positive for West Nile virus almost every year,” she said.
About 80 percent of people who are infected with the West Nile virus do not get sick, Conlon said.
Those who do get ill usually experience mild symptoms, such as fever, headache, muscle ache, rash and fatigue, the health expert said.
On Monday, health officials said a blue jay found in Wood County tested positive for the West Nile virus.
The state Department of Health Services said 57 cases of West Nile virus infections in people were reported last year.