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First human case of West Nile Virus in Brown County

Posted: 10:43 AM, Sep 27, 2018
Updated: 2018-09-27 15:43:17Z

Health officials have confirmed the first human case of West Nile Virus in Brown County. 

According to the Brown County Health and Human Services Public Health Division, the majority of West Nile Virus human cases in the state happen during the months of August and September. However, the risk of contracting West Nile Virus and other mosquito-borne illnesses is present anytime mosquitoes are active.

State and local health officials are advising residents to continue to protect themselves against mosquito bites. 

The chances of a person contracting West Nile Virus are low and most people infected with West Nile virus will not have any symptoms. Those who do become ill may develop a fever, headache, and rash that lasts a few days. Symptoms may begin between three to 15 days after being bitten by an infected mosquito.

There is no specific treatment for West Nile virus other than to treat symptoms. If you think you have West Nile virus infection, contact your healthcare provider.

For more information on West Nile virus: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/arboviral/westnilevirus.htm [dhs.wisconsin.gov]