TheWest Nile Virus has been identified in three Wisconsin counties, including Pierce county of Northwest Wisconsin.
However, so far each case is considered a non-human case.
For a map of the infected counties please click here: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/arboviral/2015datamap.htm
The West Nile Virus is spread by the bite of an infected mosquito. Mosquitoes become infected with this disease when they feed on infected birds. The mosquitoes can then spread West Nile Virus to humans, and other animals when they bite.
When infected, most people show no symptoms. Up to 20% of people will develop only mild symptoms such as fever, headache, vomiting, nausea, and sometimes swollen lymph glands. Sometimes these people also experience a skin rash on the stomach, chest, or back. About 1 in 150 people infected will develop a more serious illness. In these cases, severe symptoms include: high fever, disorientation, neck stiffness, coma, tremors, vision loss, numbness, and paralysis.
For more information on the disease please visit this link: Link to the CDC West Nile Fact Sheet
To prevent West Nile Virus remember to practice the 5 T’s in minimize mosquito bites.
-Tip and Turn over items holding water such as bird baths, plastic toys, plant saucers, etc.
-Toss excess grass, leaves, firewood, and clippings to prevent mosquito breeding
-Remove Tarps, or pull them tight so they don’t hold water
-Treat with Mosquito Squad’s Barrier Spray Program
Mosquito Squad of Northwest WI