The Douglas County Health Department reports the first human case of West Nile Virus in the county for 2018. Officials say victim is a woman who was hospitalized for the illness and has been released.
The Health Department also reports high populations of mosquitoes and multiple pools of infected mosquitoes have been found in a monitoring site between downtown Omaha and Eppley Airfield.
Late summer and early fall are typically when West Nile virus cases increase.
“That news means everyone in the community should follow recommendations for protecting yourself from mosquito bites, “says Health Director Dr. Adi Pour.
Health officials recommend using repellant containing DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus.
Minimize activities outdoors, especially during dusk and dawn when mosquitos are most active.
Wear long sleeved shirts, long pants, socks and shoes when you are outdoors.
Nebraskans are also urged to eliminate all areas of standing water at your home. That includes bird baths, pet dishes and outdoor buckets.