Mosquitos infected with West Nile virus found in Milwaukee

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by Chris Patterson

MILWAUKEE -- City of Milwaukee Health Department confirms the first West Nile virus positive mosquito pool in the city for 2013. The health deparment's West Nile surveillance and prevention program includes reporting of human, mosquito and bird infections.

City of Milwaukee Health Commissioner Bevan Baker says, "Though the City of Milwaukee Health Department has yet to see a confirmed case of West Nile virus in an individual this year, a positive mosquito test serves as a reminder to all city residents that it is time to take steps to protect themselves against mosquito bites."

So far the State of Wisconsin has one reported case of West Nile virus in 2013. In 2012, the West Nile virus was responsible for five deaths in Wisconsin.

The Milwaukee Health Department recommends individuals take steps to prevent mosquito bites, including: 

  • Mosquito-proofing your home by fixing holes in screens, windows, and doors. 
  • Wearing light-colored, loose-fitting, long-sleeved shirts and pants at dawn and dusk, when mosquitos are most active. 
  • Preventing mosquitos from breeding by removing stagnant water from areas such as bird baths, flowerpots, and gutters.
  • Using an insect repellant with DEET, IR 3535, picaridin, or oil of lemon eucalyptus. 
 

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