A mosquito pool in Lancaster County tests positive for West Nile Virus.
Lincoln Lancaster County Environmental Health Supervisor Chris Schroeder tells KLIN News that it means that folks should take precaution.
A news release from the Department of Health and Human Services offers these suggestions:
- Wear long-sleeved shirts, socks, and long pants to prevent mosquito bites.
- Use repellents containing DEET, picaridin, and/or IR3535. In addition, some lemon eucalyptus and para-menthane-diol products provide longer-lasting protection.
- Limit outdoor activity around dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active.
- Drain standing water around your home. Standing water and warmth breed mosquitoes.
DHHS started its West Nile virus surveillance at the beginning of June. West Nile virus is transmitted to people through the bite of a mosquito. There are no human cases so far.
There are no vaccines to prevent or medications to treat West Nile virus. Most people who are infected will have no symptoms or only mild flu-like symptoms. About 1 in 5 people who are infected develop a fever and other symptoms. About 1 out of 150 infected people develop a serious, sometimes fatal, illness. People over 50 and those with weakened immune systems are especially vulnerable to the disease and are more likely to experience serious consequences. Last year there were 68 human cases in Nebraska and two deaths.