Patient treated for West Nile virus in Brown County

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BROWN COUNTY, Wis. (WBAY) - The Brown County Health Department is urging people to take precautions when mosquitoes might be out, after confirming the first human case of West Nile Virus in the county this year.

Public Health Officer Anna Destree says a male patient was admitted to a hospital on August 6. He was released from the hospital on August 13 and has recovered. The health department didn't divulge any more information about the patient.

The health department says most people infected with West Nile virus won't develop symptoms but in rare cases it can lead to a severe illness with muscle weakness, disorientation, tremors or convulsions, paralysis, even coma. Lesser symptoms include a rash, fever and headache. People who are older or have compromised immune systems have a greater risk of serious symptoms.

The presence of West Nile virus in Brown County was confirmed again this year in July when a dead bird tested positive for the virus in July. Testing is conducted every year.

Last year, West Nile infections were confirmed in 13 people statewide.

Recommendations to prevent mosquito bites:
• Limit the time you spend outside at dawn and dusk; that's when mosquitoes are most active.
• Apply insect repellent to clothing as well as exposed skin; mosquitoes can bite through clothing.
• Repair tears in window and door screens to keep mosquitoes out.
• Trim tall grass, weeds, and vines; mosquitoes rest there during hot daylight hours.
• Prevent standing water on your property, where mosquitoes lay eggs: Dispose of tin cans, plastic containers, ceramic pots, or discarded tires, clean roof gutters and downspouts to ensure proper drainage; turn over wheelbarrows, wading pools, boats, and canoes when not in use; change the water in bird baths and pet dishes at least every three days.
• Clean and chlorinate swimming pools, outdoor saunas, and hot tubs; drain water from pool covers.
• Landscape to prevent water from pooling in low-lying areas.

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