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A South Milwaukee resident has contracted West Nile

Posted at 4:15 PM, Sep 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-20 17:15:57-04

A South Milwaukee resident has been infected with the West Nile virus, according to the South Milwaukee Health Department. 

This is at least the second person to get West Nile in Milwaukee County. One person was reported with the virus last week. 

Also, another person contracted it in Waukesha County, also reported last week. 

The majority of human cases occur between August and September. 

The health department suggests taking the following precautions to avoid infected mosquitos:

  • Limit time spent outside at dawn and dusk, when mosquitoes are most active.
  • Apply an insect repellant with DEET, IR3535, picaridin, or oil of lemon eucalyptus to exposed skin and clothing.
  • Make sure window and door screens are in good repair to prevent mosquito entry.
  • Prevent mosquitoes from breeding by removing stagnant water from items around your property, such as tin cans, plastic containers, flower pots, discarded tires, roof gutters, and downspouts.
  • Turn over wheelbarrows, wading pools, boats, and canoes when not in use.
  • Change the water in bird baths and pet dishes at least every three days.
  • Clean and chlorinate swimming pools, outdoor saunas, and hot tubs; drain water from pool covers.
  • Landscape to prevent water from pooling in low-lying areas, and trim tall grass, weeds, and vines since mosquitoes use these areas to rest during hot daylight hours.