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Dead birds signal arrival of West Nile virus; ash borer found in 17th Wisconsin county; more state news

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MADISON -- Five dead birds in Wisconsin have tested positive for the West Nile virus. Wisconsin has not had any human cases of the mosquito-borne illness this summer – but officials say bird-and-horse deaths provide a warning for people to take precautions.


The Wood County Health Department confirmed the state’s latest case Monday. West Nile was diagnosed in a dead blue jay in the southern part of Wood County around Wisconsin Rapids.

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Steve Dzubay
Steve Dzubay has been publisher at the River Falls Journal and Hudson Star Observer since 1995. He holds a bachelors degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota. He previously worked as a reporter-photographer at small daily newspapers in Minnesota and is past editor of the Pierce County Herald and River Falls Journal.
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