No West Nile virus cases in Nebraska so far this year

Most people with West Nile virus don't have symptoms.

(LINCOLN, Neb.) – There have been no cases of the mosquito-borne West Nile virus so far this year in Nebraska. An insect-transmitted illness expert at Nebraska’s health department says it’s unusual to have no cases by this time.

Disease scientist Jeff Hamik says a cool spring might have delayed mosquito breeding, resulting in the longest period without a pool of West Nile-positive mosquitoes in Nebraska history. However, Hamik says West Nile cases will start cropping up soon. Most people with West Nile virus don’t have symptoms. It can cause flu-like symptoms and sometimes leads to severe illness.

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