DHHS reports first human case of West Nile Virus

The person who tested positive was not hospitalized, according to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.
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LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — Health officials say the first human case of West Nile Virus for this year has been detected in Nebraska.

The case was found in someone in the Elkhorn-Logan Valley Health Department area, which is made up of Burt, Cuming, Madison and Stanton counties.

The person who tested positive was not hospitalized, according to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.

Last year, DHHS detected 15 human cases of the virus, 10 of which resulted in hospitalization.

One person died last year from West Nile, according to DHHS.

DHHS recommends the following preventative tips:

  1. Make sure your mosquito repellent contains DEET, picaridin, lemon eucalyptus oil or IR3535.
  2. Dress in long-sleeved shirts, pants and socks when you’re outside.
  3. Dusk and dawn are times when mosquitoes are most active. Limit outdoor activities.
  4. Drain standing water around your home. Standing water and warmth breed mosquitoes.
  5. West Nile virus is transmitted to people through the bite of a mosquito that became infected with the virus by feeding on an infected bird. Most people who are infected will have no symptoms or only mild flu-like symptoms. Some people will develop a fever with other symptoms like headache, body aches, vomiting, fatigue and weakness. Less than one percent of people will develop a serious illness like encephalitis or meningitis (inflammation of the brain and surrounding tissues). People over 50 and those with weakened immune systems are especially vulnerable to the disease and are more likely to experience serious consequences.

 

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