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DHHS Confirms First Case in Nebraska
Lincoln - A Panhandle mosquito trap site recently collected mosquitoes that tested positive for West Nile virus. These are the first confirmed positive mosquitoes in Nebraska. Mosquito surveillance and testing gives the Panhandle Public Health District (PPHD), along with other health departments, an early indicator of where and when the virus is circulating providing valuable information where people may come into contact with mosquitoes carrying the virus.
Multiple locations across Nebraska are routinely monitored to trap and test mosquitoes over the summer months. Human cases of West Nile are also used for surveillance; however, at this time, there have been no human cases of West Nile detected.
West Nile virus is contracted through the bite of a mosquito. Symptoms may include a fever and headaches, although eight out of ten people remain asymptomatic. Severe cases of West Nile can lead to meningitis, encephalitis, disorientation, convulsions, paralysis, and potentially death. People with compromised immune systems are especially susceptible to this disease and individuals >50 years of age are at higher risk of developing severe disease. No specific vaccines or antivirals are available for treatment of West Nile virus infection.
Prevention is the best way to avoid getting diseases from mosquitoes. All Nebraska residents are encouraged to:
If you have any questions about West Nile virus, please call Melissa Haas at (308) 487-3600 extension 108 or e-mail at email@example.com or (402) 471-2937. Additional information is available at: https://www.cdc.gov/westnile/index.html or https://dhhs.ne.gov/WNV.