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Green Co. blackbird tests positive for West Nile virus
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MONROE - The Green County Health Department is encouraging residents to take precautions against mosquito bites after a bird found near Brodhead last week tested positive for West Nile virus. The dead blackbird, found on June 27, is the first bird to test positive for the virus in Green County since surveillance for the mosquito-transmitted virus began May 1, according to a health department news release issued Monday afternoon. "This year we have detected the West Nile virus much earlier in the mosquito season than in previous years.