Mosquitoes in Milwaukee test positive for West Nile virus

(MGN Online)

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The City of Milwaukee Health Department says mosquitoes have tested positive for West Nile virus in Milwaukee.

The department said Friday it has confirmed the presence of the virus. The mosquitoes were collected and tested as part of the department's seasonal surveillance efforts for West Nile.

Health Commissioner Bevan Baker says the city of Milwaukee has not seen a confirmed case of West Nile in a person this year. But Baker says detecting the virus is a reminder to residents to protect themselves against mosquito bites.

Most West Nile virus infections in Wisconsin typically occur between June and September, and are transmitted to humans through a mosquito bite.

Only about 20 percent of people bitten by an infected mosquito will develop symptoms such a fever, rash, headache and joint pain.

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