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West Nile Virus Tested Positive

Beware of mosquitoes because they might carry the West Nile virus.

A crow found dead in Eau Claire county on July 2nd tested positive for West Nile virus. This is the first bird tested positive in 2014 for this mosquito-transmitted virus since surveillance began May 1.

West Nile virus can spread to humans through mosquito bites. Eau Claire City-County Health Department's Environmental Health Director Shane Sanderson says the most important part is in the prevention from getting the bites. He says those infected could experience mild fever, headache, muscle ache and fatigue.

Sanderson says it's important to stay alert even though the chances of getting infected are low. He says eliminating mosquito breeding space and wearing insect repellent outdoors are ways to protect yourselves.

For more information about the West Nile virus, you can visit the Health Department's website.

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