Vector-Borne Disease
Public Health
 
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What would you like to do?

What would you like to do?

What you need to know

What you need to know

​​​​​​The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) monitors vector-borne disease cases and outbreaks across the state of Nebraska through the use of a public health surveillance system.

DHHS collaborates with many partners such as hospitals, clinics, laboratories, local, state, and federal partners to detect, investigate, control, and report vector-borne disease cases and outbreaks.

Almost everyone has been bitten by a mosquito, tick, or flea. Vectors are arthropods (mosquitoes, ticks, fleas, etc.) that spread pathogens. A person who gets bitten by a vector and gets sick has a vector-borne disease.

What can you do to protect yourself?

  • Use an EPA approved insect repellent that has DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or nootkatone
  • Wear long sleeve shirts and pants
  • Treat clothing and gear with products containing 0.5% permethrin.
  • Be careful at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active.
  • Do frequent tick checks after being outdoors and remove attached ticks promptly with fine-tipped tweezers.
  • Frequently check your property for standing water and drain items such as wagons, bird baths, flowerpots, gutters, and tires.
  • Shower as soon as possible after being outdoors.


DHHS Vector-Borne Disease Program
Epidemiology Unit
Phone Number
(402) 471-2937
Mailing Address
P.O. Box 95026, Lincoln, Nebraska 68509-5026