First human case of West Nile Virus this year reported in Wisconsin

Pearl Mccarthy
August 25, 2018

So far, no human cases of West Nile Virus have been reported by health officials in Lanark County.

"So, the type of mosquitoes that we are concerned about with West Nile are the Culex mosquitoes", said Andy Tyler, Regional Epidemiologist, Mesa County Public Health Department. In addition to the eight human cases, three MI blood donors have had WNV detected in their blood.

West Nile disease is a mosquito born illness that mimics flu symptoms. "And, there's about 1 in five people who may have mild illness and those symptoms include headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea, or rash". In rare cases, WNV can cause severe disease with symptoms such as disorientation, tremors, convulsions, paralysis, in-flammation of the brain, and going into a coma. Wear long-sleeved shirts and long trousers when in mosquito infested areas.

Apply Insect Repellent when you go outdoors.

Install or Repair Screens - Some mosquitoes like to come indoors.

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The infected mosquitoes were collected in the town last week.

After it rains, you should tip and toss any standing water, where mosquitos may breed, including clogged gutters. "We urge everyone to cover up and use repellent at dawn and dusk when virus-carrying mosquitoes are the most active". Wearing long-sleeves, long trousers and socks when outdoors will help keep mosquitoes away from your skin.

FILE PHOTO: Michael Jones, a technician applicator with Mosquito Squad, sprays a home with mosquito elimination product in Suwanee, Ga. Empty any unused flowerpots and wading pools, and change the water in birdbaths frequently. Horse owners should keep horses in indoor stalls at night to reduce their risk of exposure to mosquitoes. The Health Ministry was criticized Wednesday of failing to report the case, which was revealed by the Kan public broadcaster.

Eight deaths that can be connected to West Nile fever have been registered in European Union member states - four in Greece, three in Italy and one in Romania.

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