Kim Ploushek, at Public Health Solutions in Crete, says there have been no human cases of the disease reported in the Husker State this year, and there are relatively low numbers of positive results in bird and mosquito pools.
She says they’re continuing to survey samples in the five-county area.
Although the results of testing have been negative in most parts of the state, mosquitoes with the virus have been identified in a few other Nebraska counties.
Five counties have had positive tests: Lincoln, Dawson, Garfield, Madison and Douglas.
Ploushek has a few reminders about avoiding the mosquitoes that carry the potentially-deadly virus:
Use repellant that contains the chemical Deet, get rid of standing water, avoid being outside around dusk and dawn when most mosquitoes feed, and wear long-sleeve shirts, pants and socks.
Public Health Solutions serves Saline, Gage, Jefferson, Thayer and Fillmore counties in southeast Nebraska.
Stan Smith, KUTT, Fairbury