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West Nile Virus Gains Foothold

Wednesday, 26 September 2001 12:00 AM

Jeffrey Davis, the state's chief medical officer, said the mosquito-borne virus has become established in the region and likely will be around next summer.

More than 100 people have been tested for the virus, but so far there have been no positive results.

"Precautions certainly are in order through the end of the mosquito season this year and, given the level of activity we're seeing, we certainly would anticipate West Nile activity next year in multiple," Davis told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

The epidemiologist urged people to use insect spray and to avoid being bitten.

The dead crows were collected by local health agencies and the state Department of Natural Resources in southern Wisconsin between Aug. 23 and Sept. 5. The virus was first confirmed in the state in July, and officials plan to test ponds and other possible mosquito breeding areas.

West Nile virus mainly infects birds and is spread to humans through the bites of mosquitoes, but is rarely fatal. It can produce flu-like symptoms in people and in some cases can cause inflammation or swelling of the brain or spinal cord.

Dead birds have tested positive for the virus in at least 20 states, from Iowa to Florida.

Of 27 confirmed or presumed cases in the Midwest, East, Mid-Atlantic and Southern states this year two people have died.

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