Human case of West Nile Virus reported in Arlington County

First human case of West Nile Virus reported in Wisconsin this year

Health officials said in 2017, 51 human cases of West Nile Virus were reported in Wisconsin which was the highest number since 2012.

"The Florida Department of Health in Bay County is particularly concerned about the greater Grand Lagoon area of Panama City Beach; although, the mosquitoes that transmit West Nile can and do travel", the city stated.

Ten groups of mosquitoes, eight dead birds and 13 chickens from Contra Costa County have tested positive for the virus, according to the district. People who observe a sick or dying crow, blue jay, robin or other perching bird should contact their local health department, which will determine if the bird will be picked up for testing.

While health officials note that it is not unusual to find positive samples in the summer and fall, there are a few steps you can take to minimize the risk of West Nile Virus.

And it's also a good idea to clean clogged gutters and check and fix screen doors.

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However, four out of five people infected with West Nile virus will not show any symptoms. Try to keep doors and windows shut.

Repel - when outdoors, wear shoes and socks, long trousers and a long-sleeved shirt, and apply insect repellent that contains DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or IR 3535 according to label instructions. Pay special attention to flower pots, birdbaths, clogged rain gutters, plastic wading pools, wheelbarrows, and trash containers, as these areas can draw mosquitos.

Be sure to use insect repellent whenever going outdoors.

State health officials are reminding residents about measures they can take to protect themselves, such as wearing long sleeves and trousers and avoid being outdoors during peak hours, which is dawn and dusk.

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