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Saturday, August 13, 2016

West Nile Virus reported in Pierce County


ELLSWORTH - The Pierce County Health Department reports a dead crow found in Pierce County on July 29th, 2016 has tested positive for West Nile virus.  This is the first bird that tested positive for West Nile virus in Pierce County since surveillance for the mosquito-transmitted virus began May 1.

“The positive bird means that residents of Pierce County need to be more vigilant in their personal protective measures to prevent mosquito bites,” Sue Galoff, Health Officer/ Public Health Director said.

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

“Pierce County residents should be aware of West Nile virus and take some simple steps to protect themselves against mosquito bites,” Galoff said. “The West Nile virus seems to be here to stay, so the best way to avoid the disease is to reduce exposure to and eliminate breeding grounds for mosquitoes.”

Read more of this press release in next week's Prescott Journal, on newsstands and in town Wednesday. 

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