First human West Nile virus case this year in Dane Co.

UPDATES Monday, July 22, 2013 --- 6:00 p.m.
Reporter: Phil Levin

A Dane County resident was found infected with West Nile Virus last week.

The case is the first in Wisconsin in a human in 2013. Public Health-Madison Dane County is not providing specific info about the person affected other than that they are expected to survive.

Head here for more information on West Nile Virus in Wisconsin.

Posted Monday, July 22, 2013 --- 4:00 p.m.

State and local health officials have announced that the first human case of West Nile virus has been diagnosed in a Dane County resident.

This is the first case of human West Nile virus illness reported in the state during 2013.

During 2012, 57 Wisconsin residents developed symptomatic West Nile virus infection. Five of these reported cases occurred among Dane County residents.

Ten dead birds have tested positive for West Nile virus so far this season.

The birds were found in nine counties: Chippewa, Dunn, Fond du Lac, Jefferson, Oneida, Rock, Vilas, Washington, and Wood. Infected birds serve as an early warning by indicating that the West Nile virus is present in an area.

The likelihood of contracting a West Nile virus infection is low. Most people infected with the virus will not have symptoms.
Those who do become ill may develop a fever, headache, rash, muscle and joint aches, nausea, vomiting and fatigue that can last a few days.

Residents should take steps to protect themselves from mosquitoes.

For more information on the West Nile virus, click the links below.

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