West Nile Confirmed in Clinton County Birds

By: Jessica Aspiras
By: Jessica Aspiras

A great blue heron and a sandhill crane, found in Eagle and Bath, are confirmed to have died from the West Nile Virus. The two are the first confirmed bird deaths in Clinton County this year.

West Nile Virus is contracted from the bite of an infected mosquito. While most people do not have any symptoms, the young and the elderly can be at risk. Things to look out for include a severe headache, stiff neck, numbness, and tingling. If you notice any of these signs seek immediate medical attention, because although rare, WNV can be fatal.

Some precautions to take include avoiding the outdoors between dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active, wear long sleeves and long pants, and use an insect repellant containing DEET.

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