Two mosquito pools in Lincoln County tested positive for West Nile virus, the West Central District Health Department reported Tuesday.
The end of the summer season is the most likely time of the year that positive West Nile samples are collected and reported, according to a WCDHD press release.
According to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, human West Nile infections follow in the wake of positive mosquito pools, with a peak around Labor Day and disappearing around mid-September.
Symptoms of West Nile illness are usually mild, including fever, headache, body aches, fatigue, skin rash on the trunk of the body, swollen lymph glands and eye pain. However, the symptoms may be more severe, sometimes causing permanent neurological damage, and in some cases may result in death.
WCDHD recommends that people avoid being outside at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active and that they protect themselves from mosquito bites by wearing lightweight protective clothing, including long-sleeved shirts and long pants, and by using an insect repellent containing DEET, IR3535, oil of eucalyptus or picaridin.
Residents are encouraged to frequently drain containers and other standing or stagnant water around their homes to disrupt the breeding cycle of mosquitoes.
For the current 2020 West Nile virus season, surveillance began in May and will continue through the end of September. Weekly West Nile reports can be found at dhhs.ne.gov/Pages/West-Nile-Virus.aspx.
For more information, visit wcdhd.org or call 308-696-1201.
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