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West Nile virus cases in western WI

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ST. CROIX COUNTY (WKOW) -- 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 a probable case, which will need to be confirmed by national health officials in Atlanta. 

Officials say 80 percent of people who are infected do not get sick. 

"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," Shane Sanderson, the Environmental Health director, said. "So I think that right now its fair to say reporting is probably a little weak."

Health officials say the  symptoms take one to two weeks to show up, and include fever, headaches, and stiffness. 

A dead crow found on July 2 has also now tested positive for the virus in Eau Claire County. So far, eight Wisconsin counties have reported virus activity so far this year.

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