CHARDON, Ohio - Four dead blue jays found in Geauga County have tested positive for the deadly West Nile Virus, Action News reported.
Mosquitoes carry the virus that kills the birds, but it can also make people ill. In very rare cases, it can be fatal.
The four birds were found in South Russell, Burton Village, Chester Township and Bainbridge Township. Finding the virus in dead crows or blue jays is generally the first sign that the virus has invaded an area.
The Geauga County Health Department recommends that you avoid going outside at dusk or dawn, when mosquitoes are most active. It also suggests using mosquito repellent and wearing long pants or long sleeves if you definitely have to be outside.
If anyone has any questions pertaining to the West Nile Virus or if they need to report a dead crow or blue jay, they should call registered sanitarian John Goold at (440) 285-2222 extension 6329 during the week between the hours of 8 a.m. and 9:30 a.m.
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