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No human cases of West Nile virus yet in Wisconsin this summer

ST. CROIX COUNTY, WI (WTAQ) - August and September are when we start seeing humans get the West Nile virus in Wisconsin -- but it hasn't happened yet.

State health officials report no confirmed human cases this summer, and just one probable case -- which cropped up before the Fourth of July in St. Croix County.

15 birds have come down with the mosquito-borne West Nile this year.

The state has reported its first case of a horse getting the virus. State Veterinarian Paul McGraw said a four-and-a-half year old mare became ill in St. Croix County, and is now recovering. That agency encourages horse owners to vaccinate their animals for both West Nile and Eastern Equine Encephalitis.

Officials say West Nile kills about a-third of the horses it infects, while the encephalitis kills 90 percent of affected horses.

State agriculture officials also advise everyone to eliminate places where infected mosquitoes can breed -- like buckets and old tires. They also suggest keeping birdbaths clean and outdoor pools chlorinated.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)