Published on July 23, 2021
The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) reminds residents to take measures to protect themselves from mosquito bites and help prevent West Nile virus in our communities. This season’s first human West Nile virus case was recently reported in northeast Nebraska, according to health officials. The virus is transmitted to people through the bite of an infected mosquito.
LLCHD officials report that mosquito pools are now testing positive for West Nile virus in Nebraska. The Health Department asks the public to reduce the breeding areas for mosquitoes by taking these steps:
The LLCHD also urges residents to avoid mosquito bites by following these precautions:
Most people who become infected with the virus do not develop any symptoms. About one in five will develop a fever with other symptoms such as headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea or rash. Most people with this type of West Nile virus recover completely, but fatigue and weakness can last for weeks or months. Less than 1% of people infected will develop a serious illness like encephalitis or meningitis (inflammation of the brain or surrounding tissues).
It is also important for horse owners to vaccinate their horses against West Nile virus. Questions about vaccination should be directed to a veterinarian.
For more information about West Nile virus, mosquito control, and standing water or mosquito breeding site complaints should contact the Health Department at 402-441-8002.