Oshkosh Health Services Division confirm a dead crow found in the city of Oshkosh on August 30, 2010 has tested positive for West Nile virus. This is the first bird testing positive for West Nile virus in Winnebago County since surveillance for the mosquito-transmitted virus began on May 1st. West Nile virus can be spread to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito. Mosquitoes get the virus by feeding on infected birds. This positive test means area residents should take extra precautions to avoid mosquito bites. The Oshkosh Health Services Division recommends the following: • Maintain window screens in good repair to decrease indoor contact with mosquitoes • Avoid being outside during times of high mosquito activity, specifically around dawn and dusk • Wear light colored protective clothing such as long pants, loose-fitting long-sleeved shirts and tuck pants in socks when outdoors • When outdoors, consider using an effective mosquito repellent containing an active ingredient registered by the EPA, such as DEET , picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus. • Do not provide a breeding ground for mosquitoes—remove containers, old tires and any objects where water can collect and mosquitoes can lay eggs Around 80% of people who are infected with West Nile virus do not get sick. Those who do become ill usually experience mild symptoms such as fever, headache or rash. Less than 1% of people infected with the virus get seriously ill.