MILWAUKEE – Milwaukee City's Department of Health confirmed on Friday, June 29, that mosquito surveillance in the county points to the West Nile virus
According to a press release, the mosquitoes were collected by the university and tested by Wisconsin – Madison Department of Entomology to Conduct Seasonal West Nile Surveillance
"A positive mosquito test serves as a reminder to all district residents that it is time to take action to protect themselves from mosquito bites," said Angie Hagy, director ( 19659002) According to the Milwaukee Health Department, most Wisconsin West Nile virus infections typically occur between June and September, and are transmitted to humans through a mosquito bite. Symptoms of West Nile virus include: fever, rash, headache and joint pain. Not all mosquitoes carry the virus, and only 20 percent of individuals bitten by an infected mosquito develop symptoms. People over the age of 50 and those with underlying conditions are the most susceptible to the virus.
If you experience symptoms of West Nile virus, contact your doctor. [MHD] Remind residents to take action against mosquito bites, including:
- Stay indoors during periods of high mosquito activity, especially at dusk
- Use insect repellents with DEET, IR 3535 or Lemongrass eucalyptus oil according to the instructions for use.
- Mosquito protection for your by attaching holes in screens, windows and doors
- Prevent mosquitoes from breeding by removing stagnant water from areas such as flower pots, plastic containers, gutters and downspouts. Water in bird baths and pet food should be changed every few days. Swimming pools and outdoor saunas and whirlpools should be cleaned and chlorinated
- Trimming of tall grass, weeds and vines, as mosquitoes use these areas to rest in hot times of the day to prevent water from accumulating in low-lying areas  ] For more information, visit milwaukee.gov/westnilevirus.
To find repellents for you and your family, visit the Environmental Protection Agency at www.epa.gov/sect repellent-right-you.