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Outagamie, Winnebago counties have first human cases of West Nile virus

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APPLETON, WI (WTAQ) - The first two human cases of West Nile virus has been confirmed in the Fox Valley.

According to local health officials, one was found in Winnebago County and the other in Outagamie County.

The virus is spread to people through the bite of an infected mosquito and cannot be transmitted person to person. Health officials say few mosquitoes actually carry West Nile and the odds of a person getting it is very low. Most people who are infected will not have any symptoms.

Officials say symptoms could begin 3 to 15 days after being bitten and can include fever, headache, muscle and joint aches, nausea, vomiting, rash and fatigue that can last a few days.

There is no specific West Nile virus treatment other than to treat those symptoms. If you think you have West Nile virus, contact your health care provider.

To eliminate your contact with mosquitoes possibly carrying the virus:

  • Avoid being outside during times of high mosquito activity, specifically during dawn and dusk
  • Use effective mosquito repellent
  • Keep window screens repaired so mosquitoes cannot enter your home
  • Ensure containers with standing water are not left outside
  • Change water in bird baths, pet dishes and wading pools every 3-4 days