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Horse in Jackson County tests positive for West Nile virus

BLACK RIVER FALLS, Wis. (WKBT) - A horse in Jackson County tests positive for West Nile virus.

The Jackson County Health Department reports that a horse in the county has tested positive for West Nile virus and it has been reported to the Wisconsin Division of Public Health, according to a release from the Jackson County Health and Human Services Department.

West Nile virus is transmitted to humans, horses, birds, and other animals during bites from infected mosquitoes. Mosquitoes acquire the virus from feeding on infected birds. The virus is not transmitted person to person or directly between animals or between animals and humans, the release said.

Protection from mosquito bites is encouraged and to contact a healthcare provider if the illness is suspected.

Click here for more information on West Nile virus.


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