Mosquitoes carrying West Nile Virus found in Regina


County health officials received confirmation this week that a Stellar Jay found on July 31 has tested positive for the virus.

According to the release, the sample was found in a pool of tested mosquitoes from the ZIP code 49507.

Douglas County health officials report that the county has had its first confirmed case of West Nile virus for 2017. "We will not be able to completely eradicate West Nile virus from the mosquito population, but we can reduce human transmission and save lives".

"Bayfield County residents should be aware of West Nile virus and take some simple steps to protect themselves against mosquito bites", Wartman said.

That's because standing water is a breeding ground for mosquitoes.

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"The most common symptoms are headache, fever, muscle aches, and extreme fatigue". Holcombe says that's not surprising because for most people, West Nile Virus is completely asymptomatic.

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services has monitored the spread of West Nile virus since 2001 among wild birds, horses, mosquitoes and humans.

The number of West Nile cases has been low this year, but can increase in late summer/early fall.

West Nile virus infections in humans have been reported from June through October. Most of the people who get the fatal illness are elderly.