Madison, Wis. (WMTV) – The first human case of West Nile virus in Wisconsin this year was confirmed Monday, the state’s top health agency announced.
The person who contracted the virus is a Sheboygan County resident, according to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.
State health officer Paula Tran told Wisconsin that even if the temperature drops, mosquito activity and the risk of disease will continue until the temperature drops below 28 degrees for at least four consecutive hours.
“While West Nile virus and other mosquito-borne viruses pose a threat to all Wisconsinites, people with compromised immune systems are at a higher risk of serious illness,” Tran said.
Health officials also announced the outbreak of the West Nile virus Three animals in Wisconsin So far, two horses and a bird. These animals are from Trempealeau, Monroe and Milwaukee counties.
DHS explains that the disease is transmitted to humans and animals through the bite of an infected mosquito. It cannot be transmitted directly from human to human, animal to animal or animal to human.
While 80 percent of people infected with West Nile virus do not get sick, those who do experience mild symptoms such as headache, fever, muscle aches, rash, and fatigue. Less than 1% of people become seriously ill, which can include symptoms such as high fever, muscle weakness and tremors.
DHS and Sheboygan County Health and Human Services He gave advice online How to avoid mosquito breeding sites and reduce your risk of West Nile virus.
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