Wisconsin reports first human case of West Nile Virus this year


Earlier this month, officials announced that a 60-year-old Sussex County man was the first person in DE to contract West Nile Virus this year.

The decision to raise the risk level - the second time officials have ever raised it statewide - comes as 162 of the 351 cities in towns in MA are already considered to be at moderate risk for the virus.

Monday, the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) has reported two new human cases of West Nile virus, bringing the state's total to 23 so far for 2018.

Wear protective clothing. If you are in an area with many mosquitoes, wear loose fitting, light coloured clothing, full-length trousers, and a long-sleeved shirt. If you need to move a dead bird precautions should be taken.

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Dr. Monica Bharel, the state public health commissioner, says conditions are ideal for mosquito species carrying the virus to breed because of the hot and humid weather and frequent heavy rainfall.

It causes flu-like symptoms in one in five people, and one in 150 people suffer more severe symptoms including coma and paralysis.

The majority of WNV human cases in the state occur during the months of August and September. Check the product label for instructions on proper use. Consult a physician before using repellents on infants. The hours from dusk to dawn are peak biting times for many mosquitoes. "People can afford themselves a level of protection by draining anything around the home that holds water, as well as preventing exposure to bites". Ensure that doors and windows have tight, properly fitting screens. Eliminate all sources of standing water that can support mosquito breeding, including water in bird baths, ponds, flowerpots, wading pools, old tires and any other receptacles. Horses are a "dead-end host" and do not spread the virus to other horses or humans.