Nebraska Confirms First Bird With West Nile

The first West Nile infected bird of the season has been reported in Nebraska. The Nebraska Health and Human Services says test results on a Blue Jay, collected June 10th in Kearney county show the bird was infected.

The discovery has state public health officials reminding Nebraskans to protect themselves from mosquitos. West Nile virus is transmitted through the bite of a mosquito that has picked up the virus from an infected bird. Last year, nearly 25-hundred cases of West Nile, as well as 29 deaths from the virus, were reported in Nebraska.