West Nile Virus case confirmed in Sheboygan County resident

SHEBOYGAN, Wis. — The West Nile Virus has arrived in Wisconsin.

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services said Monday that the state’s first human case of the year was confirmed in a Sheboygan County resident. Cases have also been reported in two horses and a bird in Trempealeau, Monroe, and Milwaukee counties.

“This report of the first case of West Nile Virus in a person is a reminder of the continued importance of taking precautions to prevent mosquito bites and the viruses they carry as we move into the fall,” State Health Officer Paula Tran said.

The virus is spread through mosquito bites, DHS officials said that, while mosquito activity is dropping due to cooler temperatures, there is still a risk of catching the virus until the first hard frost of the season.