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First Case Of West Nile Reported In Wisconsin

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012 at 6:01 am

Just a day after we reported the first Minnesotan had died from West Nile virus this year, someone in Wisconsin now has it too. State and local officials have confirmed Wisconsin’s first human case of West Nile virus for 2012.

The state Department of Health Services says a Dodge County resident became ill with the mosquito-borne virus, was hospitalized, and has been released.

Officials also say they have confirmed that dead birds tested positive for West Nile in 13 counties including Barron county in our listening area. Infected birds can indicate that West Nile virus is present in an area. Residents are urged to protect themselves against mosquito bites.

Last year, three Wisconsin residents became sick from the West Nile virus and currently in Minnesota there are believed to be around 10 cases in addition to the woman who just recently died.

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