Wednesday, 19 September, 2018

West Nile Virus found in horse near Medicine Hat

First human case of West Nile Virus reported in Wisconsin this year Dane Co. resident has first case of West Nile Virus in Wis. for 2018
Gustavo Carr | 20 August, 2018, 20:27

District Scientific Programs Manager Steve Schultz said in a statement that the area is entering peak West Nile virus season, and people in Contra Costa County should protect themselves from mosquito bites.

The Department of Health Services says a person in Dane County is the first person confirmed infected with the virus in 2018.

Of those cases, eight have been reported since Thursday, according to the health department.

While health officials note that it is not unusual to find positive samples in the summer and fall, there are a few steps you can take to minimize the risk of West Nile Virus.

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Health officials said in 2017, 51 human cases of West Nile Virus were reported in Wisconsin which was the highest number since 2012. It cannot be transmitted person to person. Common symptoms include fever, nausea, headache and muscle aches.

Limit time spent outside at dawn and dusk, when mosquitoes are most active.

Make sure window and door screens are in good fix to prevent mosquito entry. Eliminate, or refresh each week, all sources of standing water where mosquitoes can breed, including water in bird baths, ponds, flowerpots, wading pools, old tires, and any other containers.

-Apply a mosquito repellant containing DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus.