Nebraska health officials are reporting the first human case of West Nile virus (WNV) in the state this year and are expecting more. “This is the first human case so far this season and we expect to see more,” said Dr. Tom Safranek, State Epidemiologist for DHHS. “West Nile virus can be a mild illness for some and serious for others. If you haven’t been taking steps to protect yourself, it’s important to start now.”
The patient, who did not require hospitalization, was from the Central District Health Department area (Hall, Hamilton, and Merrick Counties).
In 2014, the Cornhusker State saw 142 human WNV cases and eight deaths.
- Make sure your mosquito repellent contains DEET, picaridin, lemon eucalyptus oil or IR3535.
- Dress in long-sleeved shirts, pants and socks when you’re outside.
- Dusk and dawn are times when mosquitoes are most active. Limit outdoor activities.
- Drain standing water around your home. Standing water and warmth breed mosquitoes.