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First west-nile case reported

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UNDATED (WSAU-Wheeler News)  Wisconsin has recorded its first case of the West Nile virus this year in a dead crow found in Dodge County. State health officials say it's a sign that infected mosquitoes are in that area -- and folks are urged to take precautions to make sure they're not the first human victims of the year.

People, birds, and horses all get West Nile from mosquito bites. The skeeters get the virus by feeding on infected birds.

Last year, Wisconsin had 16 confirmed human cases of West Nile. That was a small number compared to 2012, when cases spiked throughout the nation's mid-section and four Wisconsinites died from the virus. State officials say most West Nile cases don't show up until August or September -- but folks can protect themselves now, by staying away from standing pools of water, and using insect repellent when outdoors.

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