As summer heats up, the mosquito swarms will follow. And with that, the chances for West Nile Virus increase.
Deb Scholten with the Northeast Nebraska Public Health Department in Wayne says it’s hard to predict how much of a problem West Nile will become.
“Every time that we try to guess and project that, we’re always proven wrong,” Scholten tells Nebraska Radio Network affiliate WNAX.
Scholten points out health officials expected less of a problem last summer with smaller mosquito populations. That proved wrong, with West Nile striking Texas especially hard.
Public health clinics routinely trap mosquitoes during the summer to check for West Nile. So far, only a few mosquitoes with West Nile have been found in the Panhandle.
State health officials say mild cases of West Nile infection can lead to a slight fever as well as headaches. Severe infections cause high fevers as well as head and body aches. There is no cure for West Nile and health officials advise treating the symptoms.
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By Jerry Oster, WNAX