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Ashland County Resident Has West Nile Virus


MADISON, WI (KDAL) - Wisconsin health officials have announced that the first human case of West Nile Virus for 2014 was reported in an Ashland County resident.  Last year, 21 Wisconsin residents developed symptomatic West Nile Virus infections and two patients died from complications related to the virus.  Although the likelihood of contracting the virus is low and most people who get it won't have symptoms, the Health Department is reminding people to protect themselves from mosquito bites, which is how the West Nile Virus is spread.  There is no specific treatment for West Nile Virus other than treating the symptoms that include fever, headache, muscle and joint pain and fatigue.  Older adults and those with compromised immune systems are at an increased risk for severe illness from the virus.  Contact your health care provider or the State Department of Health Services for more information.