Western Wisconsin (WQOW) - St. Croix County officials are awaiting word from the CDC on the first potential case of West Nile virus in a human this year in Wisconsin.
The health department says it has what's called a probable case, which will need to be confirmed by national health officials in Atlanta. The virus has also shown up in Eau Claire County. A dead crow found on July 2nd has now tested positive for West Nile, which is also a first for this year. Officials say eighty percent of people who are infected do not get sick. But there is no vaccine or treatment for it. That has health departments stressing tests.
"Some people if they have a mild fever, a little malaise or a little muscle tenderness, a little sensitivity to light, they may just think 'Oh, time to stay home for a day because I have the flu,' and they may not even go in. So I think that right now its fair to say reporting is probably a little weak," said Shane Sanderson, Eau Claire City/County Health Department Environmental Health Director.
Health officials say the symptoms take one to two weeks to show up, and include fever, headaches, and stiffness. The virus can be fatal. Eau Claire County joins seven other counties who have reported virus activity so far this year.