The South Heartland District Health Department (SHDHD) reports that mosquitoes collected from two additional sites in Webster County have tested positive for West Nile virus.
The mosquitoes were trapped by SHDHD staff on Sept. 4 and Sept.17.
SHDHD previously reported that mosquitoes from two trap sites in the Red Cloud area of Webster County had tested positive for West Nile virus.
Health Director Michele Bever reminds people that infected mosquitoes can pass the West Nile virus to humans. “As of September 19, the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services had reported 53 laboratory-confirmed cases of West Nile infection in Nebraskans,” she said. “There have been at least three confirmed or probable human cases reported to date in South Heartland residents. With this in mind, and the positive mosquitoes trapped in our counties, we continue to encourage South Heartland residents to take precautions that will reduce their chances of mosquito bites.”
According to Bever, prevention steps include:
(1) Dress to protect - in long pants and long sleeves to prevent mosquito bites.
(2) Use effective insect repellents, such as those containing DEET.
(3) Limit outdoor activity between Dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.
(4) Drain standing water to remove places where mosquitoes can breed.