West Nile Virus is a disease that is only spread by the bite from infected mosquitoes. The Sarpy/Cass County Department of Health & Wellness offers these tips to protect yourself from mosquito bites.
-Wear shoes, socks, long pants and a long‐sleeved shirt while outdoors during dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.
-Wear insect repellent with DEET and get rid of standing water where mosquitoes breed. When applying repellent with DEET use only enough repellent to cover exposed skin and do not apply to skin that is under clothing. Do not apply repellent to cuts, wounds or irritated skin. Do not apply repellent to children’s hands. After returning indoors, wash treated skin with soap and water.
-Mosquitoes can lay eggs in water that has been left stagnant for as little as four days. Frequently change water in birdbaths, dispose of old tires, cans, planters and other containers that can hold water and clean clogged gutters.
The Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services says there were 226 human cases of West Nile Virus and 38 blood donor cases in Nebraska in 2013. Nine birds tested positive for the virus in Nebraska.
For more information visit the Health Department’s website at sarpycasshealthdepartment.org.