Person contracts West Nile virus in Chippewa Co.

Published: Nov. 2, 2016 at 9:49 AM CDT
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This year’s first human case of west Nile virus has been confirmed in Chippewa County.

There's no word on that person's condition or where exactly they contracted it.

According to the Chippewa County Department of Public Health, even though temperatures are getting cooler, you should still protect yourself against mosquito bites that could carry the virus.

The department says chances of contracting the virus are low.

Symptoms include fever, headache and a rash. Health officials say older adults and people with compromised immune systems are at an increased risk to see severe symptoms that could include: muscle weakness, stiff neck, disorientation, tremors, convulsions, paralysis and coma.

The health department is recommending people limit time spent outside at dawn and dusk because that’s when mosquitoes are most active. They also are reminding people to use insect repellent, make sure windows and screen doors are in good condition and to trim tall grass and weeds.

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