MADISON, Wisconsin (WXOW) -- The first case in 2012 of a person getting the West Nile virus is confirmed by state and local officials.
DHS also confirmed that dead birds found in La Crosse County tested positive for the virus. The state tests the birds as part of what they describe as an early warning system for West Nile.
Officials say 12 other counties had birds that were positive for West Nile: Barron, Brown, Dane, Kenosha, Milwaukee, Oneida, Pierce, Portage, Rock, Sheboygan, Washington and Winnebago counties.
Last year, three Wisconsin residents became sick from the West Nile virus. The DHS website states that while 8 in 10 people infected by West Nile never experience symptoms, less than one percent become seriously ill from the virus.
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