DNR Shares West Nile Virus Findings

(Madison) The state’s Department of Natural Resources says 20 percent of samples submitted last year for testing of roughed grouse for West Nile Virus had the antibodies consistent with exposure. Broken down further of the samples submitted nine-percent confirmed West Nile Virus and 11-percent showed likely exposure. None of the 188 samples had evidence of the virus present in their hearts. 2019 was the second year for the surveillance project. Ruffed grouse harvested in Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin during the 2019 hunting season were submitted for testing.