West Nile Virus Found in West Salem

The La Crosse County Health Department says a dead crow found in West Salem tested positive for the West Nile Virus.

Health Officials say this is the first bird that has tested positive for the virus since the county started surveillance in May.

West Nile is spread to humans through the bite of a mosquito that has been infected by a bird carrying the virus.

However, officials say the public should not be alarmed.

“We’re really fortunate that we don’t have a lot of the kinds of mosquitoes that carry that will feed on birds and then come back and feed on people. So generally here, the virus ends in birds,” Dave Geske, La Crosse County Vector Control Manager said.

Officials in La Crosse County said it is common to see birds infected with the virus during the summer months.