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First human case of West Nile Virus reported in Wisconsin


MADISON (WSAU)  Wisconsin has recorded its first human case of the West Nile Virus.

The state Health Services Department’s Web site said it was confirmed in Dodge County earlier this month. Other information was not immediately available.

West Nile is contracted by mosquito bites – and it’s been a rough summer for the disease in the nation’s mid-section. Minnesota has just recorded its first death of the season from West Nile. Officials said an early man in Stearns County Minnesota became ill and died earlier this month. In North Texas, there have been over 600 human cases of West Nile recently – and 16 people have died in the Dallas area as of yesterday. But Wisconsin remains exempt from the trend.

Besides the one human case, the Badger State has recorded only three West Nile cases in birds. Those happened in Dane, Washington, and Pierce counties. Minnesota epidemiologist Dave Neitzel says the risk for West Nile continues through September. He advises folks to use mosquito repellent if they go outside at dawn or dusk. Neitzel said mosquito feeding has gone down the past few days due to cooler weather – but he says it will warm up again. Minnesota has had 30 human cases of the West Nile Virus. That’s the most since 2007.