Public Health Officer Says West Nile Still A Threat

10/2/17 – Local health officials are warning residents that it’s not too late in the season to contract the West Nile Virus. Dodge County Public Health Officer Jody Langfeldt says the mosquito-borne virus may linger into the fall months. She says the mosquitoes that carry the West Nile are predominant during September as well as October and that most human cases are reported during that time.  Symptoms include aches and pains as well as fatigue, which many people often mistake for influenza. Langfeldt says to keep your body covered and remove standing water from your property to limit the potential for getting the virus. So far, one horse from the Dodge County area has been confirmed to have the disease. In neighboring Columbia County, a dead crow tested positive for West Nile early last month.