The first case of West Nile Virus in Waukesha County this year has been confirmed in a crow found in the city of Delafield.
West Nile virus (WNV) is a potentially serious illness. Experts believe WNV is established as a seasonal epidemic in North America that flares up in the summer and continues into the fall. The disease is most often spread to people by the bite of an infected mosquito.
When dealing with West Nile virus, prevention is your best bet. Fighting mosquito bites reduces your risk of getting this disease, along with others that mosquitoes can carry. Take the commonsense steps below to reduce your risk:
- Apply insect repellent to exposed skin and clothing.
- Mosquitoes are most active at dawn and dusk, so limiting time spent during these hours.
- Change water in bird baths and pet dishes at least every 3 days.
- Trim tall grass, weeds, and vines. Mosquitoes rest in these areas in hot daylight hours.
- Landscape to prevent water from pooling in low-laying areas.
- Avoid bites and illness
- Clean out the mosquitoes from the places where you live, work, and play
help your community control the disease.
- Something to remember: The chance that any one person is going to become ill from a single mosquito bite remains low. The risk of severe illness and death is highest for people over 50 years old, although people of all ages can become ill.
For more information on West Nile Virsus please visit Department Of Human Services – West Nile Virus