September 2, 2014

West Nile discovered in four Nebraska counties

Mosquitoes taken in Adams and Sheridan Counties have tested positive for West Nile Virus, according to the Nebraska Health and Human Services Department.

Tests have confirmed West Nile Virus in birds taken in Madison and Phelps Counties as well.

“The virus will show up in more parts of the state as summer progresses so it’s important for people to avoid mosquito bites,” Dr. Joann Schaefer, the state’s Chief Medical Officer and Director of Public Health for DHHS, said in a written statement.

DHHS released the following precautions to take in light of the discovery:

· Use mosquito repellent containing DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or IR3535.

· Dress in long-sleeved shirts, pants and socks when you’re outside.

· Dusk and dawn are times when mosquitoes are most active. Limit outdoor activities.

· Drain standing water around your home. Standing water and warmth breeds mosquitoes.