The first case of West Nile virus in Nebraska this year has been reported in a woman in her forties in the south central part of the state. In addition, the first mosquitoes to test positive for West Nile have been found in Madison County. Nebraska Chief Medical Officer Dr. Joann Schaefer says the virus is likely in other parts of the state, so she urges Nebraskans to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes, no matter what part of the state they live in.
West Nile is transmitted through the bite of a mosquito that has picked up the virus by feeding on an infected bird. To avoid mosquito bites, DHHS recommends: Applying mosquito repellent containing DEETm picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or IR3535; Wearing a long-sleeved shirt, pants and socks; Avoid going out at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active; and Eliminating standing water to reduce mosquito breeding sites.