Wautoma, WI
Current Conditions
0:56 AM CDT
Cloudy
Temperature
56°F
Dew Point
47°F
Humidity
72%
Wind
NE at 6 mph
Barometer
30.18 in. F
Visibility
10.00 mi.
Sunrise
06:39 a.m.
Sunset
07:02 p.m.
Afternoon Forecast (12:00pm-7:00pm)
Temperatures will range from 49 to 57 degrees with mostly clear skies. Winds will remain steady around 7 miles per hour from the northeast. No precipitation is expected.
7-Day Forecast
Thursday
57°F / 47°F
Partly Cloudy
Friday
71°F / 49°F
Mostly Cloudy
Saturday
80°F / 51°F
Partly Cloudy
Sunday
65°F / 45°F
Partly Cloudy
Monday
63°F / 45°F
Partly Cloudy
Tuesday
58°F / 40°F
Partly Cloudy
Wednesday
62°F / 40°F
Partly Cloudy
Detailed Short Term Forecast
Issued at 0:56 AM CDT
Thursday...Temperatures will range from a high of 57 to a low of 47 degrees with partly cloudy skies. Winds will range between 5 and 10 miles per hour from the eastnortheast. No precipitation is expected.
This Evening ...Temperatures will range from 54 to 48 degrees with mostly clear skies. Winds will remain steady around 8 miles per hour from the east. No precipitation is expected.
Overnight ...Temperatures will range from 47 to 49 degrees with partly cloudy skies. Winds will range between 5 and 9 miles per hour from the southeast. No precipitation is expected.
Friday...Temperatures will range from a high of 71 to a low of 49 degrees with mostly cloudy skies. Winds will range between 7 and 21 miles per hour from the south. No precipitation is expected.

State activates dead bird reporting hotline to track West Nile virus

May 9, 2013 | 0 comments

To help track the West Nile virus (WNV) in Wisconsin, state health officials have reactivated the statewide, toll-free Dead Bird Reporting Hotline at 1-800-433-1610.

"Certain dead birds can act as an early warning system for West Nile virus activity in an area," said Dr. Henry Anderson, State Health Officer.

Anderson added, "Finding the virus in birds indicates that West Nile virus is present in the local mosquito population. This knowledge can be helpful in triggering special prevention and insect-control measures."

Anderson said that anyone who sees a dead bird can call the hotline and arrange to have the bird tested for West Nile virus. Hotline staff can answer questions about dead birds and provide information on safe handling and disposal.

People should not handle dead birds with their bare hands but should use gloves or a clean plastic bag to pick up the bird through the bag.

West Nile virus is spread to people by the bite of an infected mosquito. Mosquitoes get infected with WNV by feeding on infected birds and can then transmit the virus to other animals, birds, and humans.

Only one in five people infected with West Nile virus will have symptoms, which begin within three-14 days and typically last a few days.

Symptoms include fever, headache, body aches, swollen lymph nodes or a skin rash on the chest, stomach and back.

In rare cases, West Nile virus can cause severe disease with additional symptoms, including muscle weakness, stiff neck, disorientation, tremors, convulsions, paralysis, coma, and potentially death.

The elderly and people who have received a transplant may be at greater risk of developing severe illness.

People who become ill and think they have West Nile virus infection should contact their healthcare provider for treatment of symptoms.

"The best way to prevent West Nile virus and other mosquito-borne infections is to prevent mosquito bites," said Anderson.

He explains, "Mosquitoes transmitting WNV breed in stagnant water, so it is important to eliminate standing water around homes and workplaces to reduce mosquito breeding sites and the risk of bites. Even small pools formed in any type of outdoor containers that can hold water, such as children's toys, gardening pots, or discarded tires, can be breeding grounds."

The Department of Health Services has monitored the spread of WNV among wild birds, horses, and humans since 2001.

In 2002, the state documented its first human infections, with 52 human cases. This was followed by an average of 10 cases per year from 2003 to 2011. There was a significant increase in WNV illnesses in 2013 compared to previous years, with 57 cases of human WNV infections reported.

For more information on West Nile virus, go to http://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/communicable/ArboviralDiseases/WestNileVirus/Index.htm or http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/westnile/index.htm.

For information regarding mosquito repellents, visit http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/westnile/qa/insect_repellent.htm.

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