Two potential human cases of West Nile under investigation

Aug 31, 2017, 01:22
Two potential human cases of West Nile under investigation

The Buffalo County Health Department reports a dead crow found on August 15, 2017 in Buffalo County has tested positive for West Nile virus.

"Because mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water, public health asks property owners to remove standing water anywhere it tends to collect", stated a WDGPH press release.

Lynch said there have been cases of infected mosquitos on the west, east and south sides of town.

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Officials are waiting on more test results to come back before definitely ruling it West Nile. The virus survives in nature in birds and is transmitted by mosquitoes that feed on infected birds. "Does every backyard have infected mosquitos? No".

Officials say people bitten by an infected mosquito could experience fever, muscle weakness, and in very rare cases, neurological illness.

"It's important for people to be extra cautious and protect themselves against mosquito bites when outdoors this late in the season".

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During 2016, 13 cases of West Nile virus infection were reported among Wisconsin residents.

Last year, there were five human cases of West Nile virus in the county, Lynch said.

"We had a warm winter, we've had a cool, wet summer, and all that contributes to the possible- kind of ideal storm for West Nile virus in southern Ontario this year".

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