A central Nebraskan has tested positive for West Nile virus. State health officials say it’s a man in his 20s from Dawson County who came down with West Nile, the first case reported in all of Nebraska so far this year.
The unidentified man was not hospitalized and this is the peak of the season for the disease, which is transmitted to people by mosquitoes.
Mosquito pools in Dawson, Douglas, Garfield, Lincoln, Madison and Richardson Counties has tested positive for the virus along with a bird in Boone County.
Nebraskans are reminded to take precautions to avoid mosquito bites:
• Apply mosquito repellent containing DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or IR3535.
• Wear long-sleeved shirts, pants, and socks.
• Avoid going out at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active.
• Eliminate standing water to reduce mosquito breeding sites.
Learn more at the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services website: http://www.dhhs.ne.gov/wnv