News and Notes: July 31

July 31, 2012

Washington County crow tests positive for West Nile virus

West Bend - The Washington County Health Department reported Monday that a dead crow found in the county tested positive for West Nile virus.

This is the first bird testing positive for the virus in Washington County since surveillance for the mosquito-transmitted virus began May 1. Linda Walter, health officer, said residents need to be more vigilant in their personal protective measures taken to prevent mosquito bites.

West Nile virus is spread to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito. Mosquitoes get the virus by feeding on infected birds.

The health department recommends the following: limit the time spent outside at dawn and dusk, apply insect repellent to clothing as well as exposed skin, ensure windows and door screens are in good repair, dispose of items that hold water, clean roof gutters and downspouts, avoid standing water, change the water in birdbaths and pet dishes at least every three days, clean and chlorinate outdoor pools or hot tubs, trim tall grass and weeds, and landscape to prevent water from pooling.

School board waits to vote on a new logo

Germantown - The Germantown School Board continues to decide on a new logo to replace the current design that shows a schoolhouse with three stick figures and the motto "Reaching for Excellence … Together" arching over the schoolhouse and under it.

The district asked Germantown High School students with background in marketing and design to create potential logos.

The board voted Monday to table picking a new logo or sticking with the old one until the next meeting when all the board members are available to share their input on the designs.

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