Release Date: Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Contact: Heidi Hostert, Emergency Response Coordinator
One mosquito pool in Holt County has tested positive for West Nile Virus.
Across the state, twenty-four mosquito pools have tested positive for West Nile Virus. In addition, the state of Nebraska has had three confirmed human cases.
West Nile Virus is circulating in the environment. Residents not only in Holt County, but all across Nebraska should take precautions to protect themselves.
To avoid mosquitoes consider:
- Applying an EPA approved mosquito repellant (DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or IR3535).
- Limiting exposure when outdoors by wearing long sleeve shirts and pants.
- Limiting time spent outdoors during when Culex mosquitoes are most active, typically dusk to midnight.
- Getting rid of standing water that mosquitoes may breed.
West Nile Virus is contracted through mosquitoes that have bitten an infected bird. Generally birds cannot pass the virus to humans. West Nile Virus symptoms are flu-like and can include a slight fever or headache. Severe symptoms are not likely, but can lead to encephalitis, which can cause inflammation of the brain, disorientation, convulsions and paralysis. People over 50, infants, and pregnant women are especially susceptible to this disease.
Mosquitos are trapped in several locations across the North Central District Health Department (NCDHD) nine-county region. NCDHD will continue to trap mosquitos and will take calls regarding sick or dead birds that have been found. If you would find a dead bird that may have died from West Nile Virus, report the bird to NCDHD at 1-877-336-2406.
For more information call North Central District Health Department at 1-877-336-2406 or visit the DHHS Web site at: http://dhhs.ne.gov/publichealth/Pages/wnv.aspx. North Central District Health Department serves Antelope, Boyd, Brown, Cherry, Holt, Keya Paha, Knox, Pierce, and Rock Counties.