Johanns Targets Nebraska's Elderly in the Fight Against West Nile

By: Kyle Fischer
By: Kyle Fischer

If you're over 50, state health officials want you to know you are at a greater risk for West Nile virus than any other age group.

Governor Johanns announced an education campaign targeting those over age fifty in order to reduce the number of people in that age group with the virus.

Health officials say all twenty-nine Nebraskans to die from West Nile in 2003 were over the age of 50, with an average age of seventy-eight.

The state will be sending information packets to senior centers, nursing homes, and assisted living centers to help educate older adults about the risks.

Health officials also remind people to eliminate standing water on their property and use bug repellant containing DEET to help prevent them from being bitten.

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