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West Nile Virus detected in mosquito pools in Nebraska

Published: Jul. 22, 2021 at 1:06 PM CDT
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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services says it has detected West Nile Virus in two mosquito pools. No human infections have been confirmed.

The pools were found as part of the state’s mosquito surveillance program, a news release stated.

Human infections typically follow in the wake of mosquito pools, beginning in mid-July, peaking around Labor Day, and vanishing in September, DHHS said.

Most people infected with West Nile have no symptoms, which can include fatigue, skin rashes, fevers, headaches, swollen lymph glands and eye pain. The incubation period is from 3-14 days, DHHS said, and infected people appear to develop immunity.

To prevent infection, DHHS said, residents should drain standing water, wear pants and long-sleeved shirts and use an insect repellant that has DEET as an ingredient.

Weekly surveillance reports from the state will be available through September.

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