Sarah Millard of the Waukesha Patch reported that there are 3 confirmed cases of West Nile Virus in Waukesha County. According to the article the Wisconsin Department of Health Services strongly advised that Waukesha County residents need to be more vigilant in taking measures to prevent mosquito bites. As of last week, there was only one reported human case of West Nile Virus in Wisconsin, which was reported in Dodge County.
According to the Center for Disease Control the last reported West Nile Virus fatality in Wisconsin was in 2008.
In a recent article by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel five people have been hospitalized – two from Waukesha County – because of the West Nile Virus, and 7 total people in Milwaukee County are likely to have contracted the disease.
State health officials were unable to provide a community breakdown as of last night, but this latest update comes only a day after Waukesha County officials warned the community that three crows in Waukesha County were confirmed to have the virus that is carried by mosquitoes.
The three birds were discovered last month in the Town of Brookfield, New Berlin, and the City of Pewaukee.
In other areas of the nation at least 43 people have died from the virus in Texas, and the state has recorded at least 510 cases of neuroinvasive West Nile, considered the most serious form of the illness.
Eighty percent of people infected with West Nile Virus do not get sick, states the news release.
Those who do become ill usually experience mild symptoms such as fever, headache, or rash. Less than 1 percent of people infected with the virus get seriously ill
The Waukesha County Health and Human Services Department recommends taking the following preventative measures:
- Avoid being outside during times of high mosquito activity, specifically around dawn and dusk.
- Wear light colored protective clothing such as long pants, loose-fitting long-sleeved shirts and tuck pants in socks when outdoors.
- When outdoors, consider using an effective mosquito repellant containing an active ingredient registered by the EPA, such as DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus.
- Maintain window screens to decrease indoor contact with mosquitoes.
- Don’t provide a breeding ground for mosquitoes. Remove containers, old tires and any objects where water can collect and mosquitoes can lay eggs and multiply.