Windsor man hospitalized with severe strain of West Nile virus

Posted August 26, 2017

No human cases of the disease, which is spread by mosquito bites, have been diagnosed in the county this year, according to the Clinton County Health Department.

Because the virus is known to be circulating, Wisconsin residents and visitors should be vigilant in taking measures to prevent mosquito bites, the health department recommended.

All cases were reported in August and all victims were over 70 years old, the national Center for Disease Control and Prevention (KEELPNO) noted.

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Mosquitoes tested positive this season for West Nile Virus in 20 towns throughout CT. While most people who get West Nile virus do not experience any symptoms, a small number of individuals may develop flu-like symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, muscle weakness and stiff neck. During 2016, 13 cases of West Nile virus were reported among Wisconsin residents.

· Use insect repellents containing ingredients registered with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) - such as DEET, picaridin, or IR3535.

"West Nile Virus is not limited to the locations which have positive tested mosquitos". Consider using clothing and gear (such as boots, pants, socks and tents) that are treated with permethrin (an insecticide).

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Make sure that your doors and windows have tight-fitting screens to keep mosquitoes out. Scientist are finding the West Nile virus in the usual places. People with milder illnesses typically recover on their own, although symptoms may last for weeks.

Eighty per cent of people who are bitten by an infected mosquito won't show any symptoms, they may not even know that they were bitten. Though there is no vaccine for people, there is a vaccine for horses.

Previously, mosquitoes in LaSalle tested positive for the virus in July. According to officials, over 60 mosquito tests have returned positive for the virus and has been found in five other humans, several birds and a horse in the district.

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