|Mosquitoes positive for West Nile Virus reported in county|
|Written by Wauneta Breeze|
|Thursday, 02 August 2012 17:55|
Two out of six tested pools of mosquitoes in Chase County have tested positive for West Nile Virus according to the Southwest Nebraska Public Health Department. This follows two reported cases in Hamilton County and Butler County of men, both over the age of 50, testing positive for West Nile Virus according to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.
“West Nile Virus spreads when mosquitoes get the virus from infected birds and pass it on to other birds, animals and people,” states Helena Janousek, Health Educator at Southwest Nebraska Public Health Department. “There is no vaccine, but there are simple steps you can take to avoid getting the virus.”
To avoid mosquito bites, the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services recommends:
“It is important to take the necessary precautions to avoid getting bitten by mosquitoes,” states Myra Stoney, Director at Southwest Nebraska Public Health Department. “West Nile Virus is not limited to the locations which have positive tested pools of mosquitoes.”
Symptoms of West Nile Virus can vary, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC).
More information on West Nile Virus may be found on the Southwest Nebraska Public Health Department website at www.swhealth.ne.gov or by calling call the McCook office at 308-345-4223. SWNPHD is located at 404 West 10th Street in McCook – one block north of Arby’s. The organization also has a presence on Facebook & Twitter.