Health Care

Crow found in Lemoore tests positive for West Nile virus

The Kings Mosquito Abatement District is reporting that a crow collected in Lemoore has tested positive for West Nile virus.

This is Kings County’s first indication of West Nile virus activity in 2013.

Dr. Michael MacLean, public health officer for Kings County, reminds people to protect themselves from mosquitoes, which carry the virus. Residents should wear pants and long-sleeve shirts when outside at dawn and dusk, when the insects are most active. Repellent is also helpful.

Merced County also has reported an infected bird, according to the California Department of Public Health website.

Most people who become infected usually fully recover and experience only flu-like symptoms. But the disease can cause more serious illness and can be fatal.