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Lincoln – The first human case of West Nile virus for the 2023 season has been found in the Three Rivers Public Health District. The person who tested positive was not hospitalized according to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).
West Nile virus is the most preventable mosquito-borne disease in the U.S. Transmission of West Nile Virus occurs through the bite of a mosquito that has acquired the virus by feeding on an infected bird. In turn, the mosquito passes the virus to humans. You cannot get West Nile Virus from a dead bird. The best thing the public can do to protect themselves from West Nile Virus is to avoid mosquitoes.
People can reduce their risk by:
Most people who are infected have no symptoms or only mild flu-like symptoms. Less than 1% of people infected with West Nile Virus become severely ill. However, people over 50 and those with weakened immune systems are especially vulnerable to the disease and are more likely to experience serious consequences.
For more information, call Three Rivers District Health Department at (402) 727-5396 or visit www.threeriverspublichealth.org. Additional information can be found on the DHHS website at: https://dhhs.ne.gov/pages/west-nile-virus.aspx.