The City of Milwaukee Health Department announced Thursday it has identified the first probable human case of West Nile virus (WNV) of 2018.
WNV is spread to a person through the bite of an infected mosquito. It is not transmitted person to person.
According to the health department, most human cases occur in August and September. The health department advises residents to continue to protect themselves against mosquito bites.
“Although summer is winding down, it is important that residents remain vigilant about preventing mosquito bites,” says Commissioner of Health Jeanette Kowalik. “The risk of getting WNV is present anytime that mosquitos are active.”
Most people infected with WNV will experience no discomfort, however older adults and people with compromised immune systems are at an increased risk of severe symptoms. They can include muscle weakness, stiff neck, disorientation, tremors, convulsions, paralysis and coma.
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