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

Leslie Hanson
August 20, 2018

Now up to three human cases of West Nile Virus (WNV) in New Jersey, officials of the Murphy administration are urging residents to practice caution and safeguard themselves against the mosquito-borne disease.

Ten groups of mosquitoes, eight dead birds and 13 chickens from Contra Costa County have tested positive for the virus, according to the district.

The district is reporting this is the first West Nile virus activity of the year in Antioch, Quimby Island and Concord. "Testing has shown it in other areas".

Preventing mosquito bites is the best way to avoid West Nile. Symptoms may last from a few days to a few weeks. People older than 50 and individuals with weakened immune systems are at higher risk for severe illness from West Nile virus. Fix or replace screens that have tears or other openings.

-Apply a mosquito repellant containing DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus. The most common mosquito breeding grounds on your property are water in flower pots, gutters, pet bowls, inflatable pools and birdbaths. Consult a physician before using repellents on infants.

Report - report locations where you see water sitting stagnant for more than a week such as roadside ditches, flooded yards, and similar locations that may produce mosquitoes.

Health officials are issuing a warning about mosquitoes after an Arlington resident became infected with the virus.

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