‘Please protect yourself’: West Nile Virus detected in Douglas County

OMAHA, Neb. (KLKN) — For the first time this year, the Douglas County Health Department (DCHD) has detected the West Nile Virus in a sampling of the mosquito population.

Until this report, fewer than ten sampled pools in the state had tested positive for West Nile Virus. Last year saw fewer than normal West Nile virus cases in Douglas County, with only seven confirmed cases in 2019 following 71 cases in 2018. DCHD has not received a report of a human case this year.

“This report is a reminder for everyone to follow our simple recommendations for protecting yourself from mosquito bites,” Health Director Dr. Adi Pour said. “This is a late start to what we anticipate will be a short West Nile season.”

To reduce your chances of mosquito bites, DCHD suggests:

• Applying a mosquito repellant containing DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus.
• Minimize your activities outdoors at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.
• Wear loose, long-sleeved shirts, plus pants, shoes and socks when you’re outdoors.

“The West Nile virus will be with us until the first hard frost,” Dr. Pour said. “Please protect
yourself.”

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