West Nile Virus

What is West Nile Virus (WNV)?

The West Nile virus is a virus transmitted to humans by mosquito bites.

What are the symptoms of WNV?

The West Nile virus produces symptoms in people ranging from mild to severe.  Approximately 80% of people infected with West Nile virus do not become ill.  Please read the West Nile Virus Fact Sheet.

Call your health care provider if you have symptoms of the West Nile virus infection, especially if you may have had contact with mosquitos.  If you are severely ill, go to the emergency room.

What has WNV got to do with birds?

In nature, mosquitoes become infected with WNV by feeding on infected birds and can transmit the virus to other animals, birds, and humans.

What should I do if I find a dead or sick bird?

Call the Green County Health Department at 608-328-9390.

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