(Dodge County) A dead crow found in Dodge County has tested positive for West Nile virus. The bird was located on September 11 and is the first animal to test positive for the misquote-transmitted disease since surveillance began on May1. Dodge County Public Heath Officer Abby Sauer says this discovery means that residents of the county need to be more vigilant in their personal protective measures to prevent mosquito bites. Sauer highlighted a few simple steps to protect residents. They include limit the time spent outside at dawn and dusk, make sure windows and door screens are in good repair to prevent mosquito entry, remove stagnant water from your property as well as turnover wheelbarrows, wading pools, boats and canoes when not in use. Sauer says West Nile virus is here to stay so the best way to avoid the disease is to reduce exposure and eliminate breeding grounds for misquotes. The majority of people who are infected with West Nile virus, around 80-percent, do not get sick. Those who do become ill usually experience mild symptoms such as fever, headache, muscle ache, rash, and fatigue. To report a sick or dead crow, blue jay, or raven, call the Dead Bird Reporting Hotline at 800-433-1610.