Mosquito with West Nile virus found in Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) – The City of Milwaukee Health Department has confirmed that mosquito surveillance in the county has indicated the presence of West Nile virus. The mosquitos were collected and tested by the University of Wisconsin - Madison Department of Entomology.

“A positive mosquito test serves as a reminder to all county residents that it is time to take steps to protect themselves against mosquito bites,” said Angie Hagy, Director of Disease Control and Environmental Health.

Most West Nile virus infections in Wisconsin typically occur between June and September, and are transmitted to humans through a mosquito bite. Symptoms of West Nile Virus include: fever, rash, headache and joint pain. Not all mosquitos carry the virus, and only 20 percent of individuals bitten by an infected mosquito will develop symptoms.

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