West Nile Found In Bird In Area County
ALBION (AP) - A bird found in Boone County has tested positive for West Nile virus. The state Department of Health and Human Services reports it's the first bird to test positive in the state this year. Mosquito pools in Madison, Dawson, and Douglas counties tested positive for the virus earlier this month. Nebraska's chief medical officer, Joann Schaefer, says she expects more positive tests in birds, mosquitoes and even humans as the season progresses. She urges Nebraskans to take precautions to avoid mosquito bites. West Nile virus is transmitted to humans through the bite of a mosquito that has picked up the virus by feeding on an infected bird.