A crow found dead in Portage County earlier this month has tested positive for West Nile Virus. According to the county’s Division of Public Health, it is the first positive test on a bird since surveillance for the mosquito-transmitted virus began May first. Officials encourage residents to take steps to protect themselves from mosquito bites, by limiting their time outdoors at dawn and dusk, and using insect repellant with DEET. Most people who get infected with West Nile do not get sick, but older adults and those with compromised immune systems are at greater risk of serious illness. To report a sick or dead crow, blue jay, or raven, call the Dead Bird Reporting Hotline at 1-800-433-1610.