West Nile Virus reported in Douglas County, officials urge precautions

By KBJR News 1

September 25, 2013 Updated Sep 25, 2013 at 6:23 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - The Douglas County Department of Health and human Services is advising precautions after reporting the county's first case of West Nile Virus this year.

The mosquito transmitted virus was confirmed in the area around Maple, Wisconsin, when a dead crow tested positive for West Nile.

Mosquitoes acquire the virus by feeding on infected birds.

The virus can then be spread to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito.

According to Environmental Health Specialist Ken Zurian, people throughout the county should take extra precautions to protect themselves against mosquito bites.

Those steps include spending limited time outdoors at dawn and dusk, and using insect repellant on clothes and exposed skin.

"Check your yard area and see if there's any standing water out there. Dump these things out—tires, wheelbarrows, or something like that."

Zurian says standing water is a favored breeding ground for mosquitoes.

If you'd like to report a dead bird that you feel may be linked to West Nile:

1- (800) 433-1610