Douglas County confirms 2017's first case of West Nile Virus


Nineteen new mosquito samples in Suffolk County have tested positive for West Nile virus, county health officials said Friday.

The health department noted in a press release, in all uppercase type, THIS IS NOT A HUMAN CASE.

Health officials are advising residents in the area to wear bug spray, avoid going out at night, wear light colors and purge your yard of standing water.

The treatment will provide quick, effective control of adult mosquito populations, but community members can still do their part to help control mosquitos.

The season's first positive specimen of West Nile virus in Grand Rapids was discovered on the city's South East side on Tuesday, Aug. 8.

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That means the virus is present in the city.

While most people with the virus will experience mild or no symptoms, some can develop severe symptoms including high fever, headache, neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness, vision loss, numbness and paralysis, according to Tomarken.

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

The most serious cases of West Nile virus infection can lead to encephalitis, an inflammation of the brain, which can be fatal. However, most reported becoming ill with West Nile virus in August and September. If you think you have symptoms of West Nile virus, see your doctor right away.