Medicine

2 people test positive for West Nile virus

2 people test positive for West Nile virus

Spraying is only triggered if additional human cases are confirmed within the same general vicinity as this would give some confidence that the unrelated individuals were infected by mosquitoes in the same area.

"The positive bird means that residents of Buffalo County need to be more cautious to prevent mosquito bites", April Loeffler, Health Officer said.

About 80% of people who get the virus don't know they have it. He says look out for symptoms like high fever, muscle weakness, confusion, tremors and headache.

West Nile virus causes a potentially serious illness related to Japanese Encephalitis and Saint Louis encephalitis. Older adults and those with compromised immune systems are at greater risk of developing central nervous system illness that can be fatal.

People are encouraged to use insect repellent, wear light-coloured clothing, and stay indoors during dusk and dawn.

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Dead bird reports and plenty of mosquitoes in the Madison area are signs to public health officials that the West Nile virus is still here, and will be so into early fall.

Drain water from garbage cans, house gutters, buckets, pool covers, coolers, toys, flower pots or any other containers where sprinkler or rain water has collected.

Frequently replace the water in pet bowls.

"The actual times that these cases would have been bitten by the mosquito that transmitted the disease would have been as much as five weeks ago".

Place screens on windows, doors, porches, and patios.


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