Milwaukee reports 1st human West Nile virus case

Mosquitos can transfer West Nile Virus to humans. Pexels

West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) are diseases transmitted to horses via the bites of mosquitoes.

Officials say West Nile virus has been confirmed in two horses in northeast Wyoming.

Most people infected with WNV will experience no discomfort, however older adults and people with compromised immune systems are at an increased risk of severe symptoms. Such symptoms include, but are not limited to: fever, headache, body ache, fatigue, nausea, and rash. These individuals are urged to take precautions to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes during mosquito season, which extends from June 1 through November 1. West Nile virus can be fatal. "Neighboring states have reported cases in humans, including one in ME and four in MA". "Vaccinated animals are much less likely to contract deadly diseases such as EEE and West Nile Virus".

"School has started, Halloween is just around the corner and some people are even thinking about the holidays, but mosquitoes are still thriving and biting", Department of Public Health Deputy Epidemiologist Ann Garvey said in a prepared statement.

Limiting time outdoors at dusk and dawn, when mosquitos are most active. "There may be many more residents who acquired West Nile virus, but we never learned about them because they didn't seek medical attention or they sought attention but lab tests weren't ordered".

To report mosquito problems or stagnant pools of water, call the Department of Public Works' Vector Control Division at 631-852-4270.

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