The Mercer County Health Department has received notification of a bird in the county that has tested positive for West Nile Virus. Residents need to continue to take proper precautions to protect themselves. West Nile Virus is transmitted through the bite of a mosquito that has picked up the virus by feeding on a bird infected with the virus. MCHD continues to trap and test mosquitoes for the presence of WNV. Thus far two positive batches of mosquitoes have tested positive and now a positive bird in Mercer County.
Reduce your risk:
Eliminate stagnant water where mosquitoes breed
Make sure doors and windows have tight fitting screens
Where protective clothing
Please contact MCHD if you find a bird that is dead, but the carcass is in good condition.