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According the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there has been approximately 2,000 human West Nile virus (WNV) cases year to date.


Of the 44 states that have reported human cases, none are reporting more than Nebraska.

The Nebraska Department Health and Human Services (DHHS), Division of Public Health has reported 230 human cases year to date, the most in the state since 2006 (264).

In addition, DHHS reports 11 human WNV deaths, the most since 2003 (27).

Mosquitoes acquire the virus from infected birds and pass it on to other birds, animals and people.

Horses become infected with West Nile virus after being bitten by an infected mosquito. There is no evidence that horses can transmit the West Nile virus to other horses, birds or people.

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Mild cases of West Nile infection may include a slight fever and/or headache.  Severe infections are marked by a rapid onset of a high fever, head and body aches, and usually occur five to 15 days after exposure.   There is no specific treatment of viral infections, other than to treat the symptoms and provide supportive care.  Those who are at highest risk of becoming seriously ill from West Nile infection are persons who are over the age of 50.

DHHS reminds the public the best defense against the Virus is protecting yourself with repellent and not giving mosquitoes a place to lay eggs or develop.

1. Use DEET
      Picaridin and oil of lemon 
      eucalyptus have also been
      approved by the CDC.
2. Wear Long Sleeves
3. Drain Standing Water