West Nile virus

Grouse hunters can volunteer to help collect samples for West Nile virus study

Ruffed grouse (Bonasa umbellus) standing on his drumming logRuffed grouse hunters in northern Minnesota can voluntarily submit samples for a West Nile virus research project being conducted by the Minnesota DNR. Minnesota is collaborating on this project with researchers in Wisconsin and Michigan, and will be sharing protocols and results. West Nile virus is known to exist in the upper…

Mild winter hitting Wisconsin hard this summer – in the form of major mosquito uptick

(Wisconsin Department of Health Services)STEVENS POINT, Wis. — Biologists say this is a particularly bad summer for mosquitoes in Wisconsin because many of the insects survived the mild winter. The mild temperatures along with significant snow cover helped the mosquitoes survive, according to Jamee Hubbard, an associate professor of biology at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Hubbard told Wisconsin Public…

Illinois sees fewer West Nile cases, still advises caution

(Wisconsin Department of Health Services)SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Illinois public health experts say they’re seeing fewer human cases of the West Nile virus this summer but still asking residents to protect themselves against mosquito bites, which cause the infection. Fewer pools of mosquitoes and fewer dead birds across Illinois are testing positive for the virus this year compared to last year,…

Mosquitoes test positive for West Nile virus in Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Health officials say mosquitoes trapped in an area of central Ohio have tested positive for the West Nile virus. Franklin County Public Health says the infected mosquito pool is in Norwich Township near the Columbus suburb of Hilliard. Health officials say the pool was identified in a surveillance of traps set up to monitor the mosquito population. (Ohio…