Six reported cases of West Nile Virus in Central District this month
West Nile Virus is typically spread by the bite of an infected mosquito.
GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KLKN) – The Central District Health Department has reported six human cases of West Nile Virus this month.
There are currently no vaccines or medications to help treat West Nile Virus, but most people infected with West Nile Virus will not feel sick.
For the 1 in every 5 infected people that do develop symptoms they would include: fever, headache, tiredness, body aches, and occasionally a skin rash.
Only 1 in 150 infected people develop a serious, and even sometimes fatal illness from West Nile Virus.
CDHD is continuing to monitor mosquito activity and is using larvicide in standing water to prevent mosquitos from fully developing and spread the virus.
CDHD advises the following for ways to prevent mosquito bites:
- Use insect repellent containing an EPA-registered active ingredient like DEET. Always read and follow the directions on the package.
- Avoid outdoor dusk and dawn activities.
- Wear long sleeves and pants when outdoors.
- Maintain good screens on your windows and doors.
- Eliminate standing water whenever possible. Empty water from flowerpots, buckets, and barrels. Replace water in pet dishes often and replace water in bird baths weekly. Keep children’s wading pools empty and tilted on their sides when not in use.