By Paul Schmitt
A dead crow that tested positive for the West Nile virus was found in Door County last week. The Door County Public Health Department issued a news release on Wednesday stating this was the first bird found in Door County since surveillance for the mosquito-transmitted virus began on May 1. Public Health Director/Health Officer Rhonda Kolberg says the positive bird means residents should take extra measures to guard against mosquito bites.
In 2016, Wisconsin had only had 13 cases of West Nile virus contracted by residents. Kollberg says the majority of people who are infected with the virus do not get sick with less than one percent getting seriously ill. She says the elderly and those with a compromised immune system are more susceptible to high fevers, muscle weakness, confusion, paralysis and even death.