West Nile Virus confirmed in Milwaukee County

Posted at 4:31 PM, Jul 03, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-03 18:14:11-04

JEFFERSON -- State authorities say they have found the West Nile Virus in Milwaukee County this summer, and are cautioning people to protect themselves.

With all the rain we've had the past few days, many of us may have spent all of Monday outdoors. But with standing water comes pesky mosquitoes, and the threat of West Nile Virus could come with it.

According to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, 14 birds have tested positive for West Nile Virus statewide.

The most recent positive test was reported in Milwaukee County after a positive test came back from some mosquitoes, according to the Milwaukee Health Department.

No humans have been reported to contract the virus so far this season in Wisconsin. It can be transmitted to humans when a mosquito bites an infected bird, and then you.

"The majority of people who get West Nile Virus may not even know it," said Gail Scott of the  Jefferson County Health Department.

Scott adds, more than 80 percent of people who are infected with West Nile Virus will never even get sick.

Symptoms of West Nile Virus are similar to a mild flu with aches and fever. People 50 and older with underlying health issues are most at risk of developing serious effects.

Scott says prevention is key, and to make sure to wear bug spray. She adds you should even spray repellent on top of your clothing.