Bird tests positive for West Nile Virus in Allegan Co.

Dr. Grasso Ebako, extension and diagnostic poultry veterinarian at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, wears protective gear as he prepares a dead blue jay for a necropsy Thursday, Aug. 8, 2002, in Lincoln, Neb. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

ALLEGAN, Mich. (WOOD) — A bird has tested positive for West Nile Virus in Allegan County, according to a Allegan County Health Department news release.

Health officials say this is a common occurrence for this time of year.

West Nile Virus is not transmitted by person-to-person contact or from animal-to-person contact. It is not transmitted from handling live or dead infected birds, according to the ACHD.

There are ways to protect yourself from West Nile. The ACHD released the following tips:

  • If you do find a dead bird, you report the case to the state’s West Nile Virus website for possible testing.
  • Wear protective clothing, such as long pants, loose-fitting, long-sleeved shirts and socks when mosquitoes are active. In those situations, consider applying an insect repellent containing DEET.
  • Empty water from mosquito breeding sites, such as flower pots, pet bowls, clogged rain gutters, swimming pool covers, discarded tires and similar sites in which mosquitoes can lay eggs.

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Online:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: West Nile Virus & Dead Birds

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