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Lincoln – Nebraska's first West Nile Virus death of 2023 has been recorded.
Last year, the state's first West Nile Virus death occurred in September. The last five years in Nebraska have seen an average of six West Nile Virus deaths a year. The most being 13 deaths in 2018 and the least being one in both 2019 and 2020. In less than one percent West Nile Virus cases, the virus affects the nervous system and can lead to serious issues such as inflammation of the brain.
The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services encourages Nebraskans to take preventative steps to avoid mosquito bites, which carry the West Nile Virus. Use Insect Repellent Use Environmental Protection Agency registered insect repellents with one of the active ingredients below. When used as directed, EPA-registered insect repellents are proven safe and effective, even for pregnant and breastfeeding women.
Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants
Take extra precautions when going outdoors at dawn and dusk
Take steps to control mosquitoes indoors and outdoors
Anyone can get infected with West Nile Virus, but people over 50 years of age or older are at greatest risk for severe illness but can occur in people of any age. People with compromised immune systems also are at greater risk.
Mild signs and symptoms
Severe signs and symptoms
The mosquito season begins in the summer and continues through fall.
More information about West Nile Virus and risk reduction can be found at https://dhhs.ne.gov/Pages/Mosquito-Borne-Disease-Prevention.aspx.
For vector-borne disease data and statistics, please visit: https://dhhs.ne.gov/Pages/West-Nile-Virus-Data.aspx.