First human case of West Nile confirmed in Sheboygan County

WISCONSIN (WKBT) — West Nile virus is spreading in Wisconsin.

Sheboygan County is confirming the first human case in the state today.

And a Monroe County horse recently tested positive for the virus, just weeks after Trempealeau County confirmed a case in a different horse.

Health officials say the public is at greater risk of contracting the virus.

West Nile spreads through mosquito bites.

Experts say 80% of infected people do not develop symptoms.

“Most people are asymptomatic. What we do see is people who are over the age of 60 if they are one of the unfortunately unlucky ones to get infected they could go on to develop severe illness,” said Infection Preventionist at Gundersen Health System Megan Meller.

Those who do become ill usually experience mild symptoms such as fever, headache, muscle ache, rash and fatigue.

To avoid contracting West Nile, wear long sleeved clothing and if you own a horse, vaccinate your animal, remove standing water and only keep your horse outside from dusk until dawn.